From 9 October to 20 November 2021, we will be presenting Fragments of Wealth, a solo exhibition of prints and collages by Pauline Scott-Garrett, in The Entrance Hall at Drawing Projects UK.
Pauline Scott-Garrett is a visual artist who uses printmaking and found materials to deconstruct and assemble pieces of work that are finely balanced between two and three dimensions. Her work uses a delicate layering of print and recycled paper which present multiple possibilities of interpretation hovering between context, meaning and visual impact. The processes of printmaking, assemblage and collage provide an important structure for her work allowing it to move away from technical constraints towards a deeper abstraction, sense of materiality and flow. Her collages use a lack of weight or form to create their substance, with the deconstructed and built-up layers, cut and ripped forms with a means to view the body’s vulnerability and fragility.
Pauline Scott-Garrett graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Fine Art Painting followed by a scholarship to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna and an MA in Painting at Chelsea School of Art. A founder artist trustee of Sheffield’s creative industries project Yorkshire Artspace (now based at the Persistence Works), her work is included in Sheffield’s visual arts collection. Further postgraduate study in cultural management at City University London led to several roles including the commissioning of Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery, and the Director of Royal Pavilion, Brighton. On moving to the South West she restarted her creative practice and in 2020, completed Spike Island Print’s year-long Press Play programme, designed to support artists to sustain working practice and develop research strategies. She coordinated a large-scale exhibition of the cohort's work at Kosar Contemporary, Bristol which focused on precarity, transience and shift, taking place in November 2020 between lockdowns. This work led to her to collaborate with a number of Bristol-based artists on a 3-month residency in a large Victorian house in Clifton, Bristol - HOUSE - which focused on themes of loss, displacement and exile, and resulted in the creation of several large-scale installation pieces by her and the other artists.
Having returned to the UK from the West Indies in May 2021 after a 5-month stay, unable to return earlier as planned, she created a number of works around the theme of Fragments of Wealth, that reflect on the journeys from the West Indies and the UK taken by many thousands of people over centuries, including those on the Empire Windrush. Bristol had a large role in the Atlantic Slave trade and colonisation, and the massive expansion and development of the city through the proceeds of this trade, include the affluent houses in Clifton built in the early Victorian era. Elegant Minton-style decorative tiles are present in all the entrance halls of these houses, not simply as a luxury item but as a vehicle for displaying social status and level of wealth. The Fragments of Wealth series uses these tiles as a metaphor for this wealth and a shroud-like wave form is present to remind us of loss, displacement and exile it caused.
Open hours: The exhibition is open to the public from 11am to 3pm from Tuesday to Saturday and when Miranda's Coffee Shop is open. Please note that the exhibition will be closed for the day on Saturday 13 November.