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She Leaves Sawdust Presidency to Concentrate on Art
ART WAVES ROBERTA CARASSO

The snow of the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy has melted and Marsh Scott's term as president of the festival for two years is over. Her term came to an end this past summer and Scott, still an exhibiting artist at Sawdust, decided not to run again, but to concentrate on her art.

"Drifting Leaves" on the studio floor prior to installationScott works in a variety of art forms, including painting and sculpture. She's completing a large commission for the Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama. She's planning a 23 foot sculpture for a four story atrium of the hospital. Sixteen stainless steel leaves - with a brushed surface and laser cut realistic veins - are suspended by a stainless steel cable. The leaves move gently as air circulates in the vertical space. The graceful turning of the leaves, suspended at different angles, and the reflections they offer adds to the beauty of the hospital.  Seeing her other commissions, including Hoag Hospital, the Flowers Hospital invited her to visit last spring. Scott photographed the site while it was under construction for remodeling. She then sent a ceiling plan, labeling and numbering everything for installation. Being an artist is challenging enough, but creating a major work from a distance, planning the art in Laguna and having it installed in Alabama, tests the skill of any artist. Scott tells how the hospital was started by one doctor in a peanut-growing farming area. It has expanded to being a major facility today.

Now that she is free to spend more time making art, Scott is looking forward to seeing what will evolve. She works a lot in encaustics and oil paintings.  The paintings are colorful and abstract. The new encaustic series is more free form and tactile, less geometric than her previous work. Working on wood panels, she layers the work, building up a thick impasto surface. Encaustics seem to be less common than oil paint, but encaustic have been around longer. They were used by the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks to decorate ships, create murals and color funerary objects. Encaustics are a form of beeswax and dammar resin. Pigment is added to the wax through a heating process. When all the ingredients are combined, it becomes hard and translucent.

Scott also creates sculpture, free standing, hanging, and wall sculptures, often focusing on nature, leaves and plants. The series "Widows to Nature" is a series of small squares of leaves and plant that seem to float on a stainless steel frame. She has also made some sculptures based on her sons' rock band. To prepare the work, she took over 100 photographs.

Among Scott's new works is a stamp for a Christmas seal for her Penn State college sorority Kappa Delta. The money raised is used for an annual children's fund. Her original seal is a hand drawn picture of a poinsettia, with the words 2006 KD. Scott is also starting a new commission for Kaiser Permanente on Venice Blvd and La Cienega off the 10 freeway. There are two sides to the hospital requiring two different works of art. One will be an historic mural of a map showing the ranchos that existed in the area in the 1800s. In another area of the hospital, she will hang colored aluminum leaves, creating a similar effect as she did at the Flowers Hospital.

Scott has done much for the community. She rallied the artists in Laguna Canyon to create the Laguna Canyon Artists, which is thriving today. She created the surrounding award-winning metal fence, "Postcards from Laguna" with Sherry Bullard for the old Pottery Shack, now known as "Old Pottery Place." Although no longer an officer of the Sawdust Festival, Scott continues to add much to the community and to its artists.

Laguna News-Post December 21, 2006


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