Scott Neary » Profile


New York City


Personal Statement

My work visualizes the impact of intimate, first-hand experiences. It is a collision between the immediate and the mythic, revealing unexpected aspects of situations often experienced or observed. I present viewers with choices and then let them resolve their own personal reactions, which may be troubling. All of this occurs under an exuberant veneer of color, line, and pattern; but underneath lurk elements of irony and humor. In my work, I strive to capture the fleeting moment, as if in a frozen, cinematic frame that unexpectedly exposes the emotional fault lines of what is usually thought of as normal life.



  I think wallpaper is the perfect metaphor for human character. Hiding all imperfections underneath, it presents its esthetic facade to the world. Similarly, beneath the thin paper layer of our personae are flaws, strong emotions, hidden resentments and even the hard, substantial material we call inner self. For this project, I created a series of mixed media portraits on wallpaper samples. Portraying various psychological states on these sheets of wallpaper revealed compelling relationships between figure and ground. The expressions and gestures of my figures mask darker impulses that are one layer closer to the core of their personality. Like old wallpaper, their social personae are in some disrepair, and the emotions have begun to trickle out. Beneath these surfaces, there may be other layers hiding. They are like wallpaper stripped from the wall of an old room, which, according to age, reveals yet another pattern and another and another, discarded in accordance with changing times


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