Samara Scott: Belt and Road
- Rachael Cloughton
- 5 September 2018
Ambitious art installation takes over Tramway's main gallery
For her largest and most ambitious installation yet, Samara Scott has taken Tramway's main gallery space and restructured it. Translucent tarpaulin sheets slice through the centre of the space, creating a horizontal plane that lowers the ceiling of this usually light and airy gallery so it becomes almost claustrophobic – an undersea-like enclosure with colourful detritus laid across its rippling surface.
Scott has worked from above, splashing everyday items like make-up, mustard, soil and cleaning products onto the sheets. Audiences view the work from beneath, craning necks as though examining an ornately decorated church ceiling. There's a religiosity to it, certainly – when the light catches the colourful mixture of objects they perform like stained glass. But it's also a very earthly portrait of a city too. Scott has taken much of her material from building sites, motorway passes and pavement crevices – the peripheral sites of the city where waste seems to accumulate. Like the city too, the work is in a state of flux; organic materials promise to fuse together, decompose and decay; transforming the installation, and the space itself, continuously over the three month run of the show.
Tramway, Glasgow, until Sun 28 Oct