Scott Grimando – Open Vessels

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Surrealist and fantasy artist Scott Grimando in the stunning 3rd issue of Model Society Magazine

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Candles in the Darkness

I love the expressiveness of the human figure. We’re not like other animals. Our body isn’t covered in fur. Every motion and emotion shows in through our muscles and anatomy. Our bodies express raw emotion with symbolism built right in. There’s an expressive and symbolic aspect to everything.

For me the female form represents creation and transformation. One can’t contemplate the feminine without considering life and death. I see Earth, Mother, God and so many other things, referenced in the form that human beings automatically grasp.

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“All of my work is about human potential. Some of it seems to come from a dark place, but if you take a deeper look it’s all about hope.” – Scott Grimando
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In some of my images, the form is being consumed by rust, metal, ores and stone. This represents modern pressures of life. The metal, for instance, is a symbol of technology. It’s about us becoming overly mechanized.

I want people to feel a sense of hope regardless the constraining aspects of the image. I want people to experience the duality through contrast. For example, think about a candle. A candle doesn’t shine bright in the daylight. If you’re creating an image of a candle, the setting must be dark for you to know that a candle is glowing. There’s a contrast in the oppressive nature of darkness and the hopeful nature light. In some ways you can see one without the other. You have to go into the darkness and reveal difficulties in order to portray hope or light. Often, this is about the liberation of the spirit or the liberation of the character. Creatively, it’s about seeing potential.

For me, it’s obvious that what is beautiful to one person is not necessarily beautiful to another. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s something that you can give to the beholder through art. There are ways that a work of art can make people feel a certain way. An artist should be conscious of how they’re manipulating the viewer. My intention, no matter what I’m doing, is for people to respond by experiencing beauty.

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See more from Scott Grimando in the visionary 4th issue of Model Society Magazine

“There is so much symbolism inherent to the female form such as creation and life, strength and grace.” – Scott Grimando
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Get the print or digital edition

See more from Scott Grimando in the visionary 4th issue of Model Society Magazine

“There is so much symbolism inherent to the female form such as creation and life, strength and grace.” – Scott Grimando
Get the print or digital edition

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