Contrasting Methods Activate Contessa Gallery’s Art Southampton Presentation
Inspired by the monolithic sculptures at Easter Island, Thomas Scoon is primarily known for his anthropomorphic sculptures of granite and sequenced kiln-cast glass. Alternating transparency and opacity, the sculptures are simultaneously a contained unit and a part of the environment, allowing light to pass through them. “The glass shapes the rest of the figure, in a very organic sense, much like ice,” he says. “The translucent quality of the glass is activated best by natural sunlight and in this way the figures are given their spirit or soul.” Scoon sees the process of uniting the fire of kiln-casting with the manipulation of stone as metaphorically related to the duality of soul and body. By grouping his figures in natural environments, he explores familial and genealogical relationships in a universal context.
American, b. 1961, Kenosha, Wisconsin