SCOTT, Celia

Refiguring the Head

Date: Wednesday 7 May 2008
Time: 00:00
Running time: 35 mins
This lecture tells the story of how Celia Scott came to apply some principles from architecture to sculpture, starting from ideas about the public realm. How this took the form of the likeness of some artists and architects she knew. How the works began to acquire a life of their own, as things preoccupied with their own consistency, as objects belonging to a mysterious project in which she herself became almost a spectator. As an architect, she had been taught to value function: but what is the function of work that sets out to represent a human being? To be true to the sitter? Or is there another kind of truth? The lecture tells us what she found out. Celia Scott studied at Bath Academy of Art at Corsham before qualifying in architecture at the Bartlett. Since 1980 she has been working on architectural projects and sculpting heads. She has had a solo show in New York and has work in various collections including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The British Library, The Dean Centre Edinburgh and Clare College Cambridge.

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