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Fayetteville artist finds beauty in found objects

"I'm really sensitive to color," said Nelwyn Scott, Fayetteville resident and former Art teacher. "Color is a natural thing for me. I put colors together that people normally wouldn't."

Color, texture and found objects are the strongest elements in Scott's artwork. It's the concept of taking something that someone thinks is trash, and make it into art, she said.

Scott, an art enthusiast since childhood, earned her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She also became certified to teach art K-12.

"I taught everything: drawing, sculpture, glass fusing and ceramics," she said.

After moving from Texas to New York, she decided to put teaching behind her, but continues to create at home.

Scott began by using realistic techniques, but as time went on, she found herself drawn to abstract expressionism.

"Art is very expressive," she said. "It tells a story; meanings are hidden. I can use iconography or symbolism. I want people to find their own meanings. I want [my artwork] to have enough movement so people can see something different each time they see it -- so it's new everytime."

Currently, Scott focuses on sculptures, paintings and making fused glass jewelry such as pendants, necklaces and bracelets.

Inspirational figures

"A lot of my focus has been more toward women, but I want it to affect everyone," Scott said.

Famous women artists of the 60's and 70's such as Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago have inspired her to this day.

Schapiro and Chicago opened the doors to Women's Studies at Berkeley, Scott said.

"They took a stand that women do have a major influence in art. In a historical perspective, it's a man's art world."

Schapiro has taken lace, buttons, fabric scraps and so forth and incorporated them into paintings, Scott said. "It's taking everyday things from your life and putting them into a collage."

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