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Celebrating Ambiguity: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ross

An abstracted digital photo of painted fabricUntitled (Fabric 1), digital photograph

Photographer and artist Scott Ross has made a portfolio practice out of celebrating ambiguity. Using techniques of abstraction, double-exposure, and close-up or skewed viewpoints, the artist takes recognizable forms and turns them on their head.

A digital photograph with overlapping painted facesUntitled (Goudreaux | Vermeer 1), digital photograph


I’m really enjoying the works in Scott’s series of images from 2017. These pieces take well-known historical paintings, and using a double-exposure technique, abstract and obscure them until they seem more like dreams or partial recollections of the same paintings. Familiar faces and forms rise to the surface of these works, creating an instant connection with the viewer while maintaining distance from the appropriated imagery.

A screen capture of Scott Ross' art portfolio


These works seem like a continuation of Scott’s visual reflections, which we explored in our previous feature. The tight geometry of the reflected forms is left behind here, allowing for more movement and flow, and space for a fascinating kind of uncertainty. The warm, almost aged-looking color palette of these recent images casts them in a pleasantly anachronistic light.

A digital photograph of a double-exposed market sceneUntitled (Graneri 3), digital photograph

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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