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November 12, 2010 / hascott

Novelty, Inspiration and Studio Practice

You’ll have to excuse the long silence on this blog. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I swear. Perhaps just ventured to another portion of it. I realized today that it has been just about 2 years since I finished my studies at SCAD and completed my MFA. Its hard to believe that it has been that long and in many ways seems like another lifetime.  They warned me, but keeping a regular studio practice after leaving school has been one of the hardest things I have ever struggled with. The need to survive and pay crippling bills seems to get in the way of unadulterated studio time;)

I find myself with the challenge of being in a different category or artist. From simple student to 9-5er, entrepreneur and studio at home dweller. After a stint of artist block after school I did start making work again, and I will be sharing some of these pieces shortly. For a change of pace on these pages I am going to start sharing fun things that remind me of the work I feel so inspired to make, artists that I am interested in and would love to learn from, as well as real world elements that evoke such thought.

Starting today with globes:

For some time now I have been fixated on school room geography and the globe form as a ground for imagined worlds. I follow a lot of design blogs and globes seem to be a trend there as well. Here are some fun ones that showed up on Design Sponge today.

These dandies are from artist Wendy Gold and her site Imaginenations.

In case you were wondering, here is a video she provided on how globes are made.

Another work along the lines of what I like to do is this map of the world as Berlin, from one of my favorite blogs Strange Maps.


January 19, 2010 / hascott

Art on the West Coast

I realize I have left this blog unattended to for over a year now. And for that, I apologize.Let me catch you up on a year of happenings in this artists life.

In 2009 I packed up my graduate school life in Savannah, GA and moved west. I drove cross-country yet again, back to California, and home. Having spent the almost 3 years secluded in my studio on the lovely Georgia coast, I had a lot of catching up to do to understand and find my way in the LA art scene and figure out how to survive life post-education.

In 2009 I finished my MFA thesis paper (a beast of a document), battled unemployment inanity in the worst possible economy and planned a wedding. I thought a lot about what in means to be an artist and where all of those creative energies go.

In 2009 I worked 3 different jobs, got married, moved to the East side, set up a new studio at a new home and pulled myself out of an artist block.

I am happy to report that 2010 is going to be a good year. I am now comfortably settled in a job I enjoy, although totally unrelated to art. I have a much clearer handle on the gallery scene in LA and go to openings regularly. Our contacts are building and my husband, also an artist, was recently picked up by a great Culver City gallery. A new studio practice is evolving from the need to balance said job with life as an artist.

In light of the new year, I started an art review blog to document all of our gallery going. It is a friendly analysis and report of the work I see developing in and around LA as well as an events calendar reminder for those also wanting to follow. Visit to see more.

My thesis work in Savannah ended in the middle of what I was called the “50 States Project”, which I am slowly continuing. I hope to post images of new work soon. New efforts and ideas are based around globes, interpretations of world maps and somewhere back there I am thinking a lot about islands and continents.

November 12, 2008 / hascott

Terra Cognita

Alexander Annex Gallery
668 Indian Street, Savannah, GA

November 18 – December 2, 2008

a Savannah College of Art and Design Thesis Show

Please join us for the opening reception, November 21, 6-8pm

Big Sky Country, oil on canvas with yarn, 5'x7', 2008

The Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to present “Terra Cognita,” the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Hilary A. Scott. The show will feature approximately 30 new works, including drawings, paintings, and cyanotypes. Scott’s works, tactilely rendered in exquisite blue hues, are derived from a studied, yet whimsical exploration of United States geography. Through the artist’s transformative processes, familiar physical and political boundaries, gleaned from US maps, reveal themselves as entirely new and fresh. The mysterious incorporation of language that comes from each state, while intimate to its inhabitants, expands beyond superficial lines into the realm of a universal imagination.

Hilary A. Scott will be moving her studio to the Los Angeles area December, 2008.



October 29, 2008 / hascott

what to wear in an orange alert

I was featured as artist of the week in a cultural interest blog in September. I guess I forgot to put that up…oops. The editor did an interview with me.

Go here to read it:

October 28, 2008 / hascott

Terra Cognita

Hilary A. Scott

MFA Thesis Show

Alexander Annex Gallery, Savannah, GA

Nov. 18 – Dec. 2

Opening Reception Nov. 21, 6-8pm

The thesis works of Hilary A. Scott explore ideas of geographic identity through a series of altered maps. Terra Cognita depicts the separated states of America in drawings, unique cyanotypes, large-scale paintings and globes.

Join us for the reception on Nov. 21 from 6-9pm.

October 28, 2008 / hascott


After many months of preparation and 140 rings of the 15 min egg timer… The journey project has made its way up on a wall finally.

Here is what was up for Open Studio Night (only 76 out of 140 installed here):

Here is a little of my recent literary inspiration
Walt Whitman: Song of the Open Road (Hilary’s abridged version)

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road…

You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here,
I believe that much unseen is also here…

You air that serves me with breath to speak!
You objects that call from diffusion my meanings and give them shape!
You light that wraps me and all things in delicate equable showers!
You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides!
I believe you are latent with unseen existences, you are so dear to me.

You flagg’d walks of the cities! you strong curbs at the edges!
You ferries! you planks and posts of wharves! you timber-lined
side! you distant ships!
You rows of houses! you window-pierc’d facades! you roofs!
You porches and entrances! you copings and iron guards!
You windows whose transparent shells might expose so much!
You doors and ascending steps! you arches!
You gray stones of interminable pavements! you trodden crossings!
From all that has touch’d you I believe you have imparted to
yourselves, and now would impart the same secretly to me,
From the living and the dead you have peopled your impassive surfaces,
and the spirits thereof would be evident and amicable with me…

The earth expanding right hand and left hand,
The picture alive, every part in its best light,
The music falling in where it is wanted, and stopping where it is not wanted,
The cheerful voice of the public road, the gay fresh sentiment of the road.

O highway I travel, do you say to me Do not leave me?…
Do you say I am already prepared, I am well-beaten and undenied,
adhere to me?

O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you,
You express me better than I can express myself,
You shall be more to me than my poem.

I think heroic deeds were all conceiv’d in the open air, and all free poems also,
I think I could stop here myself and do miracles,
I think whatever I shall meet on the road I shall like, and whoever
beholds me shall like me,
I think whoever I see must be happy.

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that
would hold me.

I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.

I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems beautiful to me,
can repeat over to men and women You have done such good to me
I would do the same to you,
I will recruit for myself and you as I go,
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,
I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,
Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,
Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me…

Here is the test of wisdom,
Wisdom is not finally tested in schools,
Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it,
Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof,
Applies to all stages and objects and qualities and is content,
Is the certainty of the reality and immortality of things, and the excellence of things;
Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes
it out of the soul.

Now I re-examine philosophies and religions,
They may prove well in lecture-rooms, yet not prove at all under the
spacious clouds and along the landscape and flowing currents…

Allons! whoever you are come travel with me!
Traveling with me you find what never tires.

The earth never tires,
The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, Nature is rude
and incomprehensible at first,
Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop’d,
I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell…

Listen! I will be honest with you, I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,These are the days that must happen to you:

You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d,you hardly settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call’d by an irresistible call to depart,
You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those who remain behind you,
What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with passionate kisses of parting,
You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands toward you…

Allons! to that which is endless as it was beginningless, …
Again to merge them in the start of superior journeys,
To see nothing anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it,
To conceive no time, however distant, but what you may reach it and pass it,
To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you,
however long but it stretches and waits for you, …
To know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for
traveling souls.

All parts away for the progress of souls,
All religion, all solid things, arts, governments–all that was or is
apparent upon this globe or any globe, falls into niches and corners
before the procession of souls along the grand roads of the universe.

Of the progress of the souls of men and women along the grand roads of
the universe, all other progress is the needed emblem and sustenance…

Allons! the road is before us!
It is safe–I have tried it–my own feet have tried it well–be not detain’d!
Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the book on the shelf unopen’d!
Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money remain unearn’d!
Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer plead in the
court, and the judge expound the law.

Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourselp. will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

– Walt Whitman

October 10, 2008 / hascott

Mike Dowley – MFA Solo Show – Lean to

My good friend Mike is having his thesis show next week and I am very excited about it.

Here is a bit about his show:

Mike Dowley
Lean To MFA Painting Thesis Exhibition
Savannah College of Art and Design

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 17th, 6pm – 9pm

Split, 2008
acrylic on canvas
Exhibition Showing: October 16th – 20th, 2008
B.Matthew’s Restaurant, Upper Level
325 East Bay Street, Savannah GA
The intuitive paintings of Mike Dowley represent a visceral exploration of materials and self.  Deeply charged with emotion and the weight of qualities inherent to paint, Dowley’s works induce the senses and challenge symmetrical balance.  Together, in this unique upper level space of a historic Savannah building, the pieces lean and pull to push boundaries of pictorial design and speak to the viewer in a child-like way.
images will be available at:
August 25, 2008 / hascott

new paints

Time in the studio painting has been pretty non-stop for the past few weeks… Summer in the southeast makes any prospect for cyanotyping hard to gauge with hurricane season.

I am almost done with Nebraska and Arizona in big blue paintings.

August 17, 2008 / hascott

Summer in Savannah

After spending the beginning of the summer in California, interning at the Sylvia White Gallery and cyanotyping I am back in Savannah, GA and back in my studio. Here is my newest painting… almost done.

This piece is 6’3″x3′ in size. I have two more built and ready to go. Below is the subject for my next piece:

I am looking forward to spending some time with Nebraska:)

July 8, 2008 / hascott

Summer news

This summer i have been relishing time in California. The sun is strong and cyanotypes go so fast. I will have images up soon.

I have been working in an internship at the Sylvia White Gallery. We just had an opening on Saturday at it was success. Press release I wrote. The local news paper did an article on the gallery because it just recently opened. Lots of people read it and came. Read why it is unique to open a museum grade gallery in ventura.

We also visited the reborn LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) and enjoyed the new Broad Contemporary wing. It boasted two beautiful Richard Serras and many more works that took my breath away.
Check out what they have got going on in LA.

Joshua will be starting at Claremont Graduate University in September pursuing his MFA. The historic campus is charming and lovely. I visited the village with him last week and what is going on there is pretty exciting. The studios have some nice work happening and I think the program is producing quality. The downtown area there also supports the arts. The packing house hosts the Claremont Museum of Art as well as shops, artists’ live/work studio spaces and galleries. Its pretty exciting.

Enjoying the art scene here in Southern California.

For news in Georgia… Im not there right now but I just sent a piece to be in a group show at De Soto Row Gallery. Some of the graduate students are putting it on. I wont be there for the opening unfortunately, but if you are in town check out the art. Read the announcement.