Scott Austin | That The Sky Is Above Us, Even When We Do Not See It
Scott Austin | my name is scott austin, but for close to 10 years i’ve created projects under the oft thorny pseudonym ‘sloppy james’.
i’m an emerging artist and beginning freelance designer – poet and writer.
lately i’ve been gravitating towards doing more collaborative projects as well. i’m learning that it’s a very interesting process seeing all the different sides of different ideas coming together to find its singular strength and balance.
outside of art, i’ve always liked riding my bike, always peddling somewhere. i like to climb hills and i like to coast.
i like to read a little bit about everything, and (9 times out of 10) i’m always down for a chess game.
as far as my moniker goes (since it’s the question that gets asked),
the name started as a joke over dinner:
my friend was making vegetarian Sloppy Joes and i said something like “this really isn’t Sloppy Joes, it’s more like sloppy james.”
a few weeks later i used the name on a poetry project that i had just finished.
since i’m borderline obsessive compulsive about the craftsmanship and content of my work, ‘sloppy james’ is more of an off-kilter oxymoron than anything else, but at the same time since i work in different mediums, i’ve found that ‘sloppy james’ helps to connect everything.
this particular piece is part of a project that i
immersed myself in for a little over two years.
some said that i had fallen from the planet during
this time, but i was there (in my studio) day and
night working happily on a series of collages that
would eventually evolve into collage-sculptures.
this project was the beginning of my exploration
not only into collage, but more importantly, into
paper, color, concept, placement and pattern.
‘That The Sky is Above Us, Even When We Do Not
See It’ is one of four collage-sculptures that i
worked on during this period. i created each on a
bottle that i used as a glass canvas, and like the
greek vases of red or black figures, each bottle
was meant to be rotated to be able to better
understand and view the entire narrative gist or