Saturday, June 4, 2011

From Soup to Nuts.....

Scott Marr photo

"Chameleon"
Pyrography, eucalypt bark wash, ochres, liquid chlorophyll, coriopsis flower and plane tree charcoal wash.
23 by 33cm



Scott Marr is a nature based artist that combines pyrography with washes of natural pigments gathered from the Australian bush.



"Scott boils barks, leaves and mosses to leach organic dyes. He crushes native berries to produce an array of watery washes and grinds and boils sap to form thick syrups and diluted tints. In the kitchen he makes beetroot juice and coffee washes for his works on paper. He does it all from soup to nuts...*"




"There is no me"  Self Portrait
Pyrography eucalypt bark wash, liquid chlorophyll, eucalypt sap, ochres, charcoal, mineral pigments and coriopsis flower wash.
65 by 101cm




Born in 1976 in St Leonards, Sydney, Australia, Scott Marr uses natural pigments collected from the bush and farmlands including ochres, bark, charcoal, sap, flowers, berries, and the medium of fire to burn drawings (pyrography) onto paper and wood.  Based on a love for drawing, Marr’s artwork looks into the world of what he calls “bio metamorphics” symbiosis, energy, or the “alchemy of nature".

Worker Ant  Scott Marr Photo




This video shows the fascinating process of his work and the actual size of each piece.  Check out his website for further amazing work!







(all photos are property of Scott Marr)

9 comments:

Karena said...

Astounding works of art Theresa he is an amazingly talented artist!

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Marie Vanesse said...

WOW WOW !!! Fantastic !!!

I've always think vegetal dyes were not u.v. stable... How does he do to protect his art from fading ? Or am I wrong ?

Theresa Cheek said...

Marie,
I might try to contact him about that. I think since he is using the local tree sap as a binder, it is very strong and might keep the pigments stable? I love all the layers of washes and then fire!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Yes, WOW! How exciting to see this very personal, unique art. That self-portrait is (I have to use the word again) - exciting! I've never seen anything quite like it. Very inspiring.

Theresa Cheek said...

Marie,
I sent him a note and a link to the blog...I hope he responds.

Gina said...

Dear Theresa, Another most fascinating post. I know that I speak for many when I say that we truly appreciate the time you take in researching these most interesting articles.

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Such vivid colors !!! I love when artist go outside of what we have grown to expect.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thrilling! I was glued to the screen for both videos. Thanks for another great post, Theresa.
Catherine

Theresa Cheek said...

Thank you all for your enthusiasm! Catherine-you are a hands on kinda girl, I thought you might appreciate his traditional way of approaching this.

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