Bloodlines - The Work of Toni Scott
August 21 – September 29, 2013
About the artist
Los Angeles sculptor, painter, and multi-media artist Toni Scott captures the African and European cultural traditions through her award-winning artwork. An African-American artist of mixed ancestry, Scott is committed to bringing the tragic story of the African American experience to her viewers, engaging them in a quest for deeper historical consciousness. Scott seeks to express her love of God, beauty, humanity, and culture in everything she creates.
A versatile artist, Scott works in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting and photography, and was the Grand Prize Winner of American Photo Magazine's annual competition. Scott has been commissioned to create artworks for public agencies, public figures, churches, and the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
Scott received training at the Otis Parsons Art Institute and the Art Center College of Design with additional private instruction from Joan Carl, Richard Ellis and John Paul Thornton. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California. Her artworks have been shown throughout Africa, Europe and the United States.
About the work
The pieces exhibited here are part of Bloodlines, an all-encompassing large-scale installation on the subject of the African American journey from slavery to freedom, as well as Toni Scott's family history dating more than 300 years in America. It speaks of resilience and tragedy, hope and history. First exhibited at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles and most recently at UNC's Stone Center for Black Culture and History, Bloodlines is work with a vigorous historical vision, generating a simultaneous intellectual comprehension of slavery and an emotional linkage to its human costs and consequences. Scott's artistic goals are:
- to inspire dialog of America's past within the community
- to preserve stories of triumph over despair
- to address the need for visual representation of ethnically-specific people in American Art
"By creating and presenting "Bloodlines," Toni Scott has joined the front rank of contemporary African American artists … Like her distinguished predecessors and contemporaries, Toni Scott has used her artistic talent to go far beyond aesthetic satisfaction alone. She understands that art, at its finest, is a remarkable educational tool, one that serves the public and that inspires viewers to both appreciate the long uphill journey of African Americans and to join them in the quest for a truly more perfect union."
Paul Von Blum, J.D., Senior Lecturer, African American Studies and Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles