McDermott Library Copy Cataloger Una Scott Exhibits Her “Odd Menagerie” Prints in Nebula Gallery
When Eugene McDermott Library Copy Cataloger Una Scott was in the eighth grade, she discovered the art of printmaking – first learning to carve on a linoleum block and then printing it. Today, she is a talented, successful printmaker who regularly displays her artwork in local exhibitions and is currently showing her work in a solo exhibition in the Nebula Gallery located in the McDermott Library’s Special Collections and Archives Division on the third floor MC 3.504.
The exhibit, “The Odd Menagerie,” which will be held in the Nebula Gallery through July 19, features around two dozen original fine art prints that are handmade and includes an assortment of mesmerizing, whimsical animals (cats, deer, monkeys, lizards and many more), nature and even UFOs. In the exhibit, Scott reveals her vision of the strange animals that act as alter egos of universal emotions. Many of the unique pieces were created with eye-catching bold colors, and many of the animals were brought to life after inspirational dreams or ideas that came to Scott during a bike ride or just before drifting off to sleep.
The animals and plants in her works have totemic importance, which is why they are not completely realistic, she says.
“I really love animals and the natural world, and I think we don’t treat them with enough respect. They have so much to teach us. By portraying animals in my artwork, I’m trying to get viewers to pause and really see the living beings that cross our paths each day,” Scott said.
Printmaking is an art form that involves carving a block of wood or linoleum with gouges, rolling ink onto the raised areas and then printing them on her etching press. This creative art has always fascinated her because it involves many different artistic skills: drawing, carving “and the sometimes mysterious chemistry of mixing and layering inks and ink additives.”
Scott says her experiences and feelings are embedded within each creature, influencing its form and the way the viewer perceives it, and although it’s hard for her to pick a favorite, her piece “Chameleon Egg” may be at the top of the list.
“I love how the pink and green colors are just so juicy together and the whole image came into my mind fully formed in the middle of the night. For the rest of the night I couldn’t sleep because I was too excited to get started drawing,” Scott said. “Lizards look sort of like little humans, too, so the chameleon baby feels like it’s a relative of mine.”
For more information about the artist, as well as other works, see Scott’s website here.
Scott, who joined the McDermott Library in 2012, graduated with a fine arts degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Her library career started before that when she worked in Circulation and later Tech Services for one of the busiest public libraries in Massachusetts, where she is originally from.
Scott belongs to the North Texas Printmakers Guild and believes being part of a community of artists and printmakers in the Dallas area is essential to growing as an artist.
“I believe you can’t make good work isolated and alone; you must have people to bounce ideas off of, collaborate with and show with. I benefit so much from hanging out and talking to other artists. It’s the secret sauce,” Scott said.
Scott will give an artist talk during a reception in the Nebula Gallery on June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit the Nebula Gallery between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “The Odd Menagerie” will be on display through July 19. You may contact Una Scott here.
The Nebula Gallery is a new addition to the library and is located in the lobby of Special Collections on the third floor. If you would like information on how to get your art displayed in the gallery, contact Cassandra Zawojek at 972-883-3855 or [email protected].