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Jac Scott’s focus is on creating issue-based work that investigates environmental issues behind fractured realities.  Her preoccupation lies in exploring the enigma of our existence, revealed in our ways of being, our relationship with our environs and the marks we leave behind. The aim is to have an oblique potency that acknowledges the world’s dark underbelly, whilst acting as a catalyst for igniting debate. The foundation is underpinned by the questioning of those issues that drive a world without a sense of equilibrium.
As an innate researcher she has not lost that infant-like curiosity and wonder about the world – taking risks and confronting boundaries both in concept and materials.  The emphasis on research and questioning has avoided a myopic narrative, delivering an informed dynamism that maintains freshness in her practice. Collaborating with scientists and geographers is the mainstay of her work – to investigate the notion of ‘manscape’ – humanity’s illusion of the naturalness of the environment.

Man’s mark on the planet is extensive, explicit and acknowledged, but our embedded sense of reality belies the true depth of our impact. This concept is explored in the Beautiful Dystopias Collection where the relationship between contaminated environs and the anthropocentric compass is examined. This mapping of the hidden impacts on the planet has dictated the re-examining of the commonplace – a cognitive reconfiguring of the ‘common ground’ we all share.  Both as metaphor and in material selection, Scott’s artistic response focuses on brooding degradation: peeling layers inviting a meditation on the narrative exposed.

It is appreciated that our ways of being are often revealed in our relationship to our environs and to each other, and that the symbiosis is fragile and temperamental. Scott’s work aims not to offer a panacea or judgemental retort, (we are all culpable), but to investigate the inter-connectedness of humanity and the environment through exploring the less visible imprints.  We fail to recognise our impact on even the simplest land and seascapes, often perceiving ‘wild’ places as unmanaged and natural.  There is nowhere on our planet that has not felt the hand of man, even those expansive terrains known as wildernesses, are subject to an anthropocentric pulse. Man stands aloof from nature, surveying the earth as a resource to be devoured and exploited, ignoring the dynamic undertow.

  • Post Mortem'The Space Between' created as a site specific installation for the Fabrica Vitae finale at The University of Ghent

  • DerelictionCommission from Friends of the Lake District to create sculptures in response to pollution issues in Lake Windermere.

  • Alternative Perspectives CollectionCollection of digital photomontages harnessing the creative potential of the scanning electron microscope. Created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Home: 3 Bed semiPart of the Home series created in response to the notion that our perception of the planet needs reconfiguring to that of our home - not just a resource to be plundered. Exterior/interior free-standing sculpture created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Beautiful DystopiaAn alternative view of reality? An exterior/interior freestanding sculpture created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Bio MyopiaA small interior sculpture created in response to research on biodiversity during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Book of Revelations CollectionA collection of wall based sculptures where brooding degradation is juxtaposed against the unsettling extravagance of the traditional gilt frame. Part of the Beautiful Dystopias Project founded during Jac Scott’s sixteen-month artist-in-residence position at University of Central Lancashire.

  • Home and AwayPart of the Home series created in response to the notion that our perception of the planet needs reconfiguring to that of our home - not just a resource to be plundered. Floor-based sculpture with additional wall mounted facet and either spray-painted stencilled birds between elements or a projection of flying swallows.

  • Fundamental AccessSmall interior sculpture created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Atomic EquilibriumA small interior sculpture created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • InertiaWall based interior sculpture created during the Beautiful Dystopias Project at University of Central Lancashire where Jac Scott was artist-in-residence in School of Built and Natural Environment for sixteen months.

  • Witness CollectionExterior/interior collection of sculptures examining toxicology. The discarded figurines, stripped off the honour of witness on the mantelpiece, lay their whimsical role aside to adopt a sinister foreboding of the chemical warfare in our homes.

  • LifelineLarge exterior/interior free-standing sculpture focusing on our reliance on electricity.

  • TransformationCommission to transform the science corridors in Ulverston Victoria High School into a new dynamic media intersection that energised both the environment and the subject.

  • PailCommission of a large free-standing exterior sculpture focusing on climate change issues, which formed part of a research installation in an empty shop in West Cumbria.

  • QuestionGiant outdoor sculptures for Pennington Primary School inspired by scientific findings of the school site.