Bay College announces the reception for the exhibition, Related Terrain,
artwork by Scott Leipski. Please join us on Thursday September 7, at 2 p.m. for the reception and Artist Talk in the Besse Gallery.
Scott A. Leipski, ceramicist, works with press-molded, slab, and coil-built forms.
A passionate and curious creator since childhood, Leipski worked in multiple mediums for years before devoting himself to ceramics. His most recent work experiments with mixed media and non-glaze surfaces.
Born at Fort Hood, Texas, while his father was serving in the Army, Leipski spent the majority of his childhood seven miles outside of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, in the woods on a lake. After high school he lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the majority of his adult life before moving to Evanston and South Beloit, Illinois for work.
Leipski worked in retail management for nearly 30 years. During his retail career he managed everything from small boutiques to mass merchandisers. It was not unusual for him to put in 40 to 60+ hours per week. Working nights, weekends and holidays was the norm for many years. After giving his all to earn those businesses profits, Leipski eventually dreaded going to work each day.
By 2014, at age 49, with the support of those who believed in him, Leipski had quit his job, ready for the sacrifices and challenges of being a full-time artist, a lifelong dream. He sold his house, left the city, and set up his studio in Gladstone, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the quiet of a small town, Gladstone afforded him the focus to find his artist voice.
In the years since, Leipski’s compulsion to create, the joy of this work and the discipline learned from years of retail management, has kept him driven and focused—not only to produce but to innovate. For him, inspiration comes from doing the work.
Primarily a self-taught artist, Leipski learned as he went, navigating practical matters like how to fire a kiln as well as artistic choices, with many hard lessons; he views failure as part of what has led to his successes.
A storyteller at heart, his works often contain some element of the surreal; Leipski loves creating beautiful or evocative art that can inspire conversations or mutual reminiscences of different pasts.
Scott Leipski, an American artist working in ceramic and mixed media.
“Someplace between reality and fantasy, my sculptures explore childhood and recollections of the past. I am story teller at heart. I share my stories and childhood fascinations in the hope that the viewer rediscovers their own, a mutual reminiscence.”
“My assemblages are at times deliberately ambiguous. A sense of whimsy is displayed that usually belies a deeper sometimes darker narrative. Intuitively I select and assemble the objects allowing my thoughts to flow freely during the sculpting process. The objects chosen and their placement are meant to evoke a sense of play perhaps lost but not forgotten to the viewer. The work invites my audience to draw upon their experience and imagination, and to discover a unique reality.“
“Largely self-taught, I regularly explore new hand building techniques and glaze treatments. My belief is that the creative process is the most effective vehicle for artistic growth even when inspiration is low. Experimentation is the norm rather than the exception in my studio. Through constant work, ideas arise, skill levels are raised and new narratives are realized. Most recently I have begun to incorporate mixed media and non-glaze surfaces such as flocking.”
The exhibition of his work can be viewed from August 29-October 13, 2017 in the Besse Gallery.