Mary Catherine Scoville
2011 B.F.A. with a focus in Painting
In contemporary culture we are inundated with symbols, whether it be in newspapers, advertising, television, or movies. In order to maintain sanity we tend to ignore them, but that does not change the fact that these symbols have histories and meanings that are interesting, complex and informative. The gallery is a space where images can be carefully considered, so I have selected a variety of symbolic materials to be put up for consideration in the gallery space, including (but not limited to), strippers, angels, animals, saints, and language.
The Four Humors Suite prints challenge the common understanding of everyday sacred and secular symbols by fusing these symbols in unsettling ways. These odd combinations of symbols are accentuated visually by the equally unsettling mixture of medieval woodcut technique and bright, modern colors executed in watercolor pigments. This strange combination of elements is an attempt to draw attention to the versatility of symbol as well as to point out the constructed nature of a symbol in society.
The other works in the exhibition construct similar symbolic confusion through my practice of intermixing meanings in woodcut images, although they do not necessarily rely on bright colors as in the Four Humors Suite. Each work still contains some type of contradiction between symbols vs. materials, symbols vs. space, or symbols vs. preconceived notions.