Samara Scott

Poems

20 April02 June 2013

In a whitewashed space marked by a ruptured floor, no longer quite concealing layers of chipped tile, torn planks, and scuffed carpet, the works seem to ooze out of dozens of pores that make up the room. Like the hairy crystals of so many different molds, they form a new body, mingled through sight, smell and touch.

The original hosts of these materials, creams, plastics, sweets, starches, perfumes, dyes and chemicals become subverted in their intended relationship to bodies and biology. Consumption becomes a creative force, as objects and materials coexist on the same plane of intimacy, forging a perverted parallel between patterns of destruction and waves of pleasure.

With an unsavoury sweetness not unlike the bursting of a ripened bin bag, the olfactory and gustatory sensations of rupture that take place upon entering this environment are accompanied by the visual and experiential delights in the processes of mastication and gestation taking place.

We find patterns in the debris of networked information systems and flows, reading them as traces of our collective organism; an understanding only arrived at by chewing, swallowing, fusing and expanding.

Poems is composed of a new series of site specific works, defining a dense scenery of everyday objects and intimate memories that navigate through tangled paths.

Samara Scott was born in London in 1985, where she lives and works.
Selected exhibitions include Cd0xdsspi, Rowing Projects, London (2013); Verging on the Absurd, Contemporary Art Society, London (2013); Duty Free, Arkasşirket Foundation, Istanbul, (2012); Young London, V22, London (2012); Samara Scott & Marianne Spurr, Seventeen Gallery, London (2012); Seriously Connected Old Grey Hair, Christopher Crescent at HD: Projects, New York (2012); Four Seasons, Arts&Jobs, London (2012); Stereopsis, The Drawing Room, London (2012); The Response, The Sunday Painter, London (2012).

Installation view

Making out, 2013. Football post, latex, craft sand, make-up, mixed media.

Making out (detail), 2013.

Making out (detail), 2013.

(from top) Horoscope, Mixed Emotions, 2013. Roman shades and watercolour; Leisure centre, 2013. Household liquids.

Leisure centre, 2013. Household liquids.

(from top) Cascading Style Sheets: Stormy, Heat, Passion, 2013. Dust sheet, plastic ponchos, shower curtains, watercolour and cannelloni; Silk tie (Italian), 2013. Household liquids.

Cascading Style Sheets: Stormy, Heat, Passion (detail), 2013.

Cascading Style Sheets: Stormy, Heat, Passion (detail), 2013.

Silk tie (Italian), 2013. Household liquids.

Cascading Style Sheets: Alluring, Mellow, Tranquility, 2013. Organza, anti-slip mats, baking gauze, construction netting, fruit bags, spaghetti and plastic straw.

(from top) Cascading Style Sheets: Alluring, Mellow, Tranquility, 2013; Landscape in mist, 2013.

Landscape in mist, 2013. Towel and paints on plasterboard.

(centre)Private, 2013. Foam, pigments and mixed media.

Warm Thighs, 2013. Felt blanket, gauze, stop bead, mixed media.

Warm Thighs (detail), 2013, felt blanket, gauze, stop bead, mixed media.

Installation view.

Salami, 2013. Foam, household paint and health food nuts and seeds.

Salami (detail), 2013.

Diary, 2013. Foam and pigments.

Summer Sale, 2013. Foam and mixed media.

Rebellious, 2013. Tin foil and spray paint.

Rebellious (detail), 2013.

Wink (nervous), 2013. Silicon sealant and eye shadow. (detail)

Wink (nervous), 2013. Silicon sealant and eye shadow. (detail)

All photos by Gary Didsbury