Europe; United Kingdom; Great Britain; England; Staffordshire and North America; United States; Massachusetts; Cummington
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Hudson River, Indian Point No. 4, ca. 1820; 2015
Refined earthenware with cobalt blue shell-edge and lead glaze (pearlware); transfer print
Overall: 11 3/4 in x 15 1/4 in x 1 in; 29.8 cm x 38.7 cm x 2.5 cm
Purchase with the Elizabeth Peirce Allyn (Class of 1951) Fund
Paul Scott repurposes antique ceramics to comment on contemporary issues. By subtly changing traditional designs, Scott subverts the vessel’s original context, transforming a domestic object into a political one. This transfer-printed panoramic view was created using a collage of a modern photograph of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant and landscape designs from traditional American tablewares. At first glance the scene recalls the romantic landscapes of 19th-century Hudson River School painters, but the power plant brings us into the present day and presents a powerful contrast with the otherwise pastoral view. Scott created the work in Cummington, MA using a platter originally produced for the American market in Staffordshire, England.
-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)