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Samara Scott Silks
Edited by Tom Merrell and Samara Scott.
Text by Isobel Harbison.
published in December 2017
English edition
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
224 pages (color ill.)
ISBN: 978-88-6749-290-9
EAN: 9788867492909
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This artist's book is a documentation of the production, installation, and decomposition of Samara Scottis solo exhibition “Silk at Eastside Projects”, Birmingham, in 2015. For the project, Scott gathered materials such as eyeshadow, cistern block, tapioca, pipe-cleaners, scented candles, graphite, mustard, solar reflective roofing paint, aquarium gravel, and red wine, among others.
“Scott's works are neither image nor objects, neither figurative nor abstract. They are recognizable things arranged in an unfamiliar order floating in a foreign substance.”
Isobel Harbison

Scott's exotically prosaic worlds of poured and pooled misused materials—household chemicals, soft drinks, toilet paper, scented waxes, noodles, eye shadow and toothpaste—cascade, smear and mould into an archipelago of voids cut into the concrete of Eastside Projects. Liquid surfaces cling to the floor existing as moist films, laminations and horizontal screens.
Scott's artworks contain all passages of what follows the first contact of the consumer experience, from the touch to mastication to assimilation and finally dispersal. Her works appear to have been spontaneously configured, slipping between infusions of nature and artificial imitation, antiquity and plasticity, synthetic import and organic craft class.
The title “Silks” suggests an idea of movement, touching and indirect skins, reflecting the artist's urge to make tangible the bodily, gastric veneers of our digital and chemical realities. Scott's transformative mirroring of language and materials is typical of her never typical artworks that slither and dance around the edge of seduction and consumption.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, from May 16 to July 11, 2015.
Samara Scott was born in 1984 in London, where she lives and works.