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An Exclusive Interview with Scott Scheidly by Tara Ciccone for BASIC
Shock, awe and utter admiration are just a few emotions you will feel when you view Scott Scheidly‘s riveting collection. His pieces are satirical; fusing well-known figureheads with relevant pop culture references. He then surrounds the paintings with pink borders and color schemes; feminizing these otherwise masculine icons in society.
Scott, you have profiled quite legendary subjects; some controversial, some greatly adored. Is there anyone you feel is off limits? Why?
Absolutely not. The more controversial the better. I’m looking to disturb people whether it’s through laughter or making them mad.
Which artist, if any, do you think has most directly influenced your style? Do you draw inspiration from a variety of art forms to produce your works?
With the pink series, I’m inspired by the artist Banksy for taking pop culture or people of power and making fun of them while also making a point about the problems we face. I also like Peter Gronquist for his weapons and tools adorned with gold and various fashion labels.
Other than your paintings, is there another medium you’d like to explore expressing yourself through?
I have been doing a little photography and would like to explore the medium more.