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Artist of the Month
July 2012

Artist of the Month

Thomas Scoon

In Thomas Scoon’s glass and granite figures, the artist conjures up the ageless quality of the monolithic sculptures of Easter Island. The impassive figures have an organic quality that is heightened by the roughness of the stone and the internal glow of the glass. He is represented by Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. 

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Thomas Scoon

Artist of the Month

Artist Statement:

My sculpture focuses exclusively on the human figure.  While abstracting the form, I am able to emphasize the essence of gesture, gender of other human characteristics.  The pieces vary from small-scale figures to my recent life-size sculptures.  By pairing or grouping the figures, I attempt to explore familial and generational relationships, which I hope speak to the viewer as both personal narrative and universal construct.

I begin by choosing stones, often found in natural habitats.  I frequently visit the same sites over a period of years, as the pieces evolve.  I also visit several quarries where I am able to sift through the rubble for stones.  I try to gather both the head and the torso stone from the same site for consistency of color and texture.

With the use of wax molds, I am able to cast glass to fit the stones.  The glass shapes the rest of the figure, in a very organic sense, much like ice.  The translucent quality of the glass is activated best by natural sunlight and in this way the figures are given their spirit or soul.  I believe the pieces are contemporary and timeless in the same moment.


About Thomas Scoon

Thomas Scoon was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1961, and received his B.F.A. from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and his M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He now resides in New Hampshire. He has taught sculpture at the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts College of Art and Pilchuck Glass School.

His materials of choice for his sculpture are glass and granite. The granite elements of his sculpture are found in New Hampshire. New Hampshire, of course, is "The Granite State," and the stones have spectacular traces of quartz, mica, and iron running throughout. Juxtapossed with the translucent glass, the quartz and mica take on fantastic sheen and shimmer. The artist is always inspired by nature and its elements—the organic qualities of the quartz combined with the cool colors of the glass create harmonious and exciting combinations.

Scoon has received many commissions for public and corporate art. His sculpture has appeared in numerous museum and university exhibitions and is in private and museum collections worldwide. 

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Thomas Scoon (right) pours molten glass into a mold.

Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, for providing the materials for the Artist of the Month.

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