Scott Bertram – Statement

Scott BertramMy painting practice is an exploration into the possibilities of improvisation, material processes, and ambiguity. I use improvisational methods to obstruct the pull towards a predetermined final image; instead I strive to maintain and contemplate uncertainty during the process of making each painting.

I begin my work by focusing on materials and process. I purposefully use a variety of tools and methods that I don’t have complete control over in order to surprise myself with the forms I generate, and in a way create my own “found image”. Once I have created an initial image of openness and indeterminacy, I disrupt the painting with additional abstract elements to open up deeper associative possibilities and to position the image just outside the reach of

I am interested in the moment between perception and recognition – just before I can put a name to what I see. Improvisation is the primary way that I access this state and subvert the naming process that might otherwise secure an experience in a state of stasis.

My work plays with our mind’s natural biological function to perceive, catalogue, and create meaning from a stimulus. In a final painting, I am looking to have created enough perceptual cues to suggest that there might be something solid to identify, even if it remains elusive and its cause cannot be determined. Ultimately, I’m looking to extend the sensory experience that occurs between the initial encounter of an image, and the naming of that image; striving for a focusing of attention in a non-analytical way.

Scott Bertram

Scott Bertram is an abstract painter based in the Comox Valley. His artistic practice centres around ideas of improvisation, finding meaning within.


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