Approved: 16.08.2006

Victoria Ferrand Scott

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Victoria Ferrand Scott uses a wide range of tools as an artist but is primarily a sculptor. When working in three dimensions her forms are often abstract with a strong organic character. They do not resemble or imitate anything specific but have their own identity. She works with materials such as plaster and latex exploring processes which harness the natural forces of gravity, pressure and elasticity

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  • Location: Smaws near Tadcaster, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Studio practice
  • Categories: Ceramics, Drawing, Mixed Media, Research, Sculpture
  • Tags: bronze, concrete, plaster, process, casting, abstract, organic, ceramics, found objects, textiles
 

Biography

Victoria Ferrand Scott uses a wide range of tools as an artist but is primarily a sculptor. When working in three dimensions her forms are often abstract with a strong organic character. They do not resemble or imitate anything specific but have their own identity. She works with materials such as plaster and latex exploring processes which harness the natural forces of gravity, pressure and elasticity to create sculptures which bulge with their own visceral life. Each piece is an experiment; the result of a fragile balance between different elements and forces. She wraps, binds, coats, and pours; testing, often to breaking point. It is a precarious path between freedom and control and the process often produces surprises and discoveries.

Drawing and photography have always formed an integral part of Ferrand Scott's work. Often she is searching for the abstract and sculptural qualities in mundane everyday situations; the way in which sunlight and shadows can transform the domestic into the mysterious and sensual. Outside she discovers new angles and weather conditions revealing natural feats of engineering.

In her video work she documents social interactions in public spaces, exploring the discrepancy between her experience of these encounters and the recordings made by the video camera. It is within these arenas that Ferrand Scott investigates the movement between presence and absence, and observes rituals and gestures that are as dramatic as those in an Italian Baroque painting. The scrupulous indifference of the camera combined with a heightened awareness reveals the ordinary to be quite extraordinary.

Ferrand Scott's AA2A residency at Leeds College of Art gave her valuable time and space in the casting workshop. She took the opportunity to investigate using concrete in latex moulds (made using layers of liquid latex bound with tape and elastic). The elasticity of the latex brings out a smooth, warm sensuality not usually associated with concrete. It is these qualities which she developed during her subsequent artist's residency in Civil Engineering at Leeds University funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The laboratory facilities enabled her to develop fluid concrete mixes designed for use with flexible forming.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2009 - Member, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2006 - Making it Happen. Training for working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities, Pyramid of the Arts, Leeds
2004 - City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Delivering Learning, Park Lane College, Leeds
2002 - MA Fine Art, University of Leeds, Leeds
1999 - BA Hons Sculpture, Bretton Hall, Leeds
1996 - Btec Foundation Studies Art and Design, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds
1975 - BA Hons History of Art, University of Manchester, Manchester

Solo exhibitions

2005 - DomestiCITY, Brahm Gallery, Leeds

Group exhibitions

2014 - Lines of Conflict, WW1 commemoration, Batley Art Gallery, West Yorkshire
2013 - Shelf Life, The Shed Gallery, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
2013 - Yorkshire Sculptors Group, Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
2013 - Home Space, (curator for Pyramid of Arts) Trinity Church, Leeds
2013 - Leeds Fine Art Show, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
2012 - Lines of Conflict, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
2012 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2011 - Cement and Concrete Science 2011, Imperial College, London
2011 - Leeds Fine Artists, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
2011 - Living with Minerals, CBI Conference, Westminster, London
2011 - Yorkshire Sculptors, Smith Gallery, Brighouse, West Yorkshire
2010 - 18@108 Naked, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2010 - Thirteen Moons, Kala Sangham, Bradford
2009 - 157 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2008 - 156 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2008 - AA2A (Artists Access to Art Schools) Exhibition, Leeds College of Art & Design, Leeds 2008 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2007 - Breathing Space, Brahm Gallery, Leeds 2006 - Leeds Imprint, Leeds Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
2006 - Quarries and Collaborations, Centenary Gallery, University of Leeds, Leeds
2005 - MIST Group Exhibition, Clothworkers Hall, Leeds University, Leeds
2004 - Laugh and Anguish, University of Leeds, Leeds
2003 - Luarto, Showcase Gallery, Leeds

Artist talks

2012 - Sculptural Concrete: A process lead investigation into fluidity, expanded form, and tactility, The Royal Society, London
2012 - Visiting Speaker, BA Art and Design, University of Leeds
2010 - Sculptors on Sculpture, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2009 - Layers of Response, Landscape and Arts Network, Pateley Bridge, West Yorkshire

Residencies

2010 - Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds
2007 - AA2A (Artists Access to Art colleges) Scheme, Leeds College of Art & Design, Leeds
2006 - Mult-sensory Art Project, Pyramid of the Arts, Ramshead Wood, Leeds
2006 - Yorkshire Quarry Arts, Coldstones Quarry, Pateley Bridge
2004 - Jackdaw Quarry placement, Yorkshire Quarry Arts, Nr. Tadcaster

Educational experience - primary

2004 - Artist in Education, Sculpture Workshops, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Nr Wakefield

Educational experience - secondary

2004 - Artist in Education, Sculpture Workshops, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Nr Wakefield

Educational experience - tertiary

2004 - Artist in Education, Sculpture Workshops, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Nr Wakefield

Educational experience - special needs

2012 - Artist, Eden Group 'Home' exhibition project, Pyramid of the Arts , Leeds
2007 - Artist, Burley Sculptors, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds
2006 - Artist, Multi-sensory arts project, Pyramid of Arts, Ramshead Wood, Leeds
2006 - Assistant, Printmaking Course for adults with learning difficulties, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds

Publications

2008 - The Naked Quarry (Yorkshire Quarry Arts)