Sandra Scott – Unmasking Identity

11 April – 1 July 2016, atrium plinths, second and third floor
Private View Thursday 14 April 2016, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Sandra Scott is a Barbadian-born professional artist and teacher who has lived and worked in Cambridge for the past 24 years. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Barbadian National Cultural Foundation NIFCA award. In 1984 she won the prestigious Organisation of America States fellowship to study Art Education at the Edna Manley School of Art, then known as the Jamaica School of Art. Her early work used mixed media and sculpture and was strongly influenced by African art. Her recent works are further inspired by contemporary artists such as Klimt and Hundertwasser.

Scott’s current work combines her own hand dyed fabrics, batiks and prints, which form the basis for her machined stitched pieces. Keen to experiment with new ideas and materials, she has included her own printed papers and embossed foils with some of her fabric pieces. Drawn to the aged face and body, Scott is fascinated by what constitutes ideal beauty in different societies. This theme has been a prominent feature in her work, resulting in highly personal and symbolic expressions, and designed to reveal and bring these issues to the viewers’ attention.

Since living in Cambridge she has taken part in Open Studios in 1997 and 1998. In 1998 she was artist in residence at Hills Road Sixth Form College. Her most recent exhibitions have been at the Apex Gallery in Bury St. Edmunds (2013, 2014) and the Cambridge Make Gallery (2014). Articles on her sculptural dolls have been published in The World of Embroidery magazine.

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