For me, the art is not about replicating what I see or know. It's about expressing how I feel. That's why I'm fascinated by textures and layers. I use paint, objects, marks and scratches and am intrigued by how these elements combine and work in tandem to bring to life the stories I want to tell or the thoughts or feelings I want to express. The application of these elements and the act of creating each piece establishes a physical connection to the work. This energetic link is just as much a part of the story as the idea or feeling that prompts it.
I am profoundly inspired by texture, discards and what lies beneath the surface. My primary art form has been in fashion design and the production of apparel. With that I am intrigued with hand stitched mark making and mixing garment construction concepts and compositions with a variety of mediums, including cloth assemblage, oil, acrylic and encaustic, to create surfaces that are both engaging and poetic.
Each piece of fluid art even if made with the same technique and colors will end up slightly unique, a true original, no two matching exactly. I experiment a lot with different techniques in my work giving a variety of patterns and details, some more complex compositions with lots of vibrant colors, while another will be more minimalistic with lots of negative space. I feel there are endless options with abstract art, and this medium especially offers so many fun possibilities.
Much of what I do in the studio is deeply influenced by both modern and ancient art, and I revel at exploring any and all art museums hoping to infuse style and influence from other times and cultures into my work. I am particularly fond of abstract expressionism and expressionism in general for the way those styles communicate the individuality and spirit of the artist. I enjoy working in both acrylic and oil, but also like to use a combination of charcoal and pastels in my mixed media work.
Observation and curiosity drive my studio practice. Through the investigation of and experimentation with different kinds of materials, I express discontent with the current political climate as well as reflect on my experiences growing up in the American Midwest. My work explores entropy, artifice, consumerism, and my place in the lineage of abstraction in contemporary and modern painting and its relationship with installation art.
M. Scott Phifer — “Unplanned Parts”
When I am painting, I am having a conversation with the canvas, paint and eventually the artwork itself. Sometimes the conversation is a short chat. Sometimes the conversation is a long drawn out affair that takes weeks. And because of that, I believe, my artwork reflects my life. There are a few overwhelming themes in my artwork, family and friends, love, angels and mothers.