Mission Statement

Jamie Smith (REVEAL Scotland) in conversation with Emma Scott-Smith. A Project funded by Creative Scotland (2011)

Her work has now developed into examining the subjects of discrimination and society’s attitudes to and themes around disability. Her last solo exhibition – “Useless Eaters” (2005) – was named after a term used by the Nazis during WWII to describe disabled people. It was held at The Smith Art Gallery & Museum in Stirling.

As I admire the scale and boldness of Emma’s paintings, I can sense a life-long yearning to make sense of the body, of pain, of being a woman. There is a lot of emphasis on the details of the body: the muscles, sinews and joints. And while the limbs tend to be depicted in life-like fashion, the faces are haunting and other-worldly. The artist seems to be saying that pain can make your life all about physicality and deprive you of your personality. 

Emma is caught up at the moment in her studies but aims to combine both her art and psychology to aid individual, community, mental, social and physical health:

‘I aim to develop my PhD to generate a form of social action, using arts in mental health, disability projects in the community to generate social change and justice within society.’

On a side note, I heard a wonderful thought from a person who follows my artwork and research the other day. 

"The restraint and inner torment can so often silence the will to live, but art can be a weapon to fight an inner battle, just as it is a weapon to attack the hearts and minds of those who ignore the oppression of others" (Roy, 2014). Beautiful...

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