Scott Conary

Words from the Artist

These paintings are of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, they have something to say about how we interact with the world and each other. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the meat we greedily consume but are repulsed by, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the old door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.

Underpinning all of this is the story of my family and our young daughter. Without almost impossible surgeries, she would not have survived her first days or her first years. For too long, too many times, we huddled in the ICU not knowing if she would see another day. There will always be challenges, but today, due to the efforts of so many, she, now six, is, thriving.

This experience and the uncertainties of this child’s life has challenged my sense of self, my priorities, and my assumptions, including those about what it means to be an artist. It is from this that my focus has been directed towards the narrative and tensions in the common and why I have wandered deeper into the thicket of representational work.