Rachel Scott, Strip for me, 2007

Rachel Scott, Strip for me, 2007

Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship Finalist Exhibition

Dates: 10 October - 3 November

Opening: Tuesday 9 October, 6-8pm

Artist: Alex Gawronski, Paul Ogier, Rachel Scott, Bronwyn Thompson and Mimi Tong.

The annual finalist exhibition of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship.

The annual Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship supports the artistic practice of recent SCA alumni with the exhibition celebrating the work of the top five finalists. The 2007 finalists included Alex Gawronski, Paul Ogier, Rachel Scott, Bronwyn Thompson and Mimi Tong.

The scholarship has been generously provided through a bequest of the late Renee Fauvette Loureiro in memory of her mother Fauvette Loureiro. Funds from the estate have been allocated to the University of Sydney to make possible a traveling scholarship for visual artists. The scholarship is open to SCA alumni and is awarded annually on the basis of a written application and visual assessment of the work in the finalist exhibition and their broader artistic practice.

Rachel Scott was announced the fifth recipient of the FAUVETTE scholarship by Catherine Martin, alumnus and editor of The Sydney Magazine, at the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 9 October.

Working critically across the expanded fields of painting and video art, Rachel Scott’s practice self-reflexively interrogates the idea of the constructed surface or façade; questioning the shifting location, structures and definition of the artwork within the process of art-making and the artist’s life. Juxtaposing the controlled, mediated gesture of hard-edged geometric abstraction with the improvised, embodied gesture of performance and gestural abstraction, her work explores the multiplicities and paradoxes inherent in the creation of meaning and identity.

By investigating the process of art-making, her painting installations present behind-the-scenes exposés that critique the mythologised image of the heroic artist, whilst reconsidering the roles played by the discarded, overlooked or unacknowledged materials of the painting process.

Her performance videos are invested with ideas of failure, longing, human weakness and self-consciousness. Employing self-deprecating humour and confessional-like candour, these works operate as roughly drawn sketches or diary entries: a direct and unmediated communication subverting the line between public and private. By exposing the banal and personal for the voyeuristic eye of the camera, the work dissolves the distinction between art and life and focuses on the individual’s psychological world; simultaneously perpetuating and critiquing the contemporary compulsion for one’s existence to be expressed and inscribed through the camera lens.

A catalogue documenting the work of the finalists since the inaugural award of the scholarship in 2003 is available for $8.