ROSIE SCOTT: FIGURES AND DOMESTIC OBJECTS

‘3Gs on the Tube’ Illustration for Televisual Magazine

Cover Illustration for The Guardian Review

Cover Illustration for John Mcgahern’s Book Amongst Women

Sketch for ‘Brighton Beach’
Rosie Scott’s work is very much about the visual. She has been quietly building a reputation and fan base for her beautifully composed semi abstracted images of domestic interior landscapes for over ten years. It is all about the point of view. Throughout her work the viewer tends to hover above blocks of white and black set in neutral half tones and held together by wiry lines of black. The flattened three quarters perspective is currently found in editorial magazines, newspapers, book jackets and an extensive range of Dove’s Farm organic flour packaging. More recently figures have started to occupy parts of her compositions, many of which have been drawn directly from observation.
Her work is informed by printmaking, in particular finding and adapting the collotype process proved to be an inspiring direction whilst a BA illustration student at Middlesex University. But it was the combination of a viable working process and the right content that really helped an original and arresting visual language to emerge. Illustrating John McGahern’s 1990 masterpiece ‘Amongst Women’ became the territory where she first began to transmute the prosaic objects of domestic interiors as an arsenal of repressive emotional symbols. There is a feeling of staring at immutable objects until they begin to hold an emotional charge. Using composition she found a way to represent what McGahern described, as “The best of life is life lived quietly, where nothing happens but our calm journey through the day, where change is imperceptible and the precious life is everything.”
-Text by Geoffrey Grandfield for Baseline Magazine

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