Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Laura Scattergood

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This week, I thoroughly enjoyed Luna Scattergood’s (amazing last name, by the way) exhibition in the Merlino Gallery. Right when I entered the room, I was caught off guard by the room’s appearance. There were these strings that lead to the center of the room, where a mirror whose outer rim was made of bullets hung. Occupying the space under the mirror was a couch/sofa with guns sewn into the fabric. Under that was a rug, with bullets stashed under it. Paintings of human silhouettes hung from the walls, which I guess are supposed to be like target practice.

Needless to say, the room was chock-full of symbolism and metaphors. From what I could gather, the ammunition under the rug symbolizes how the United States’ society today tends to ignore the real stuff going on in the world, mainly issues of violence and brutalities. The mirror functions to ask the viewer to place him/herself into the shoes of someone whose life has been affected by violence.

Laura herself is interested in fabrics, textiles, and the like. She seemed to really be into creating these kind of uncanny environments. I could see her working on the set of PeeWee’s playhouse or something. Laura holds a pretty cynical view of the future, and believes the interests of the common man will no longer be for the good of society, but only for the good of his own. This is some pretty grim and heavy stuff. While I may not agree with everything she says, I can see where she’s coming from, and this is actually the first time I appreciate what an artist is trying to convey in her message.

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