BIO Scott Eagle serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Art and Design, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His paintings and illustrations have been exhibited and reproduced internationally. Publications featuring his work include The Oxford American, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Juxtapoz, and numerous books. Scott was selected by Creative Quarterly Magazine as one of their top 100 creatives for 2013. He works in a wide variety of mediums including digital and is especially interested in the idea of the creative act as thinking through making.
THINKING THROUGH MAKING
- The creative act is any situation or activity that elicits invention in any form.
- The creative act is always a response to an impetus (internal or external to an individual or group). Stated simply; the creative act is always an attempt to solve a problem.
- When the creative process requires multiple attempts/iterations/ fabrications, that process can best be understood as thinking through making. (See Tim Ingold)
For decades the Artworld and especially art schools have continued to impose a hierarchy on creativity equivalent to a caste system with “fine art” at the top rung, and the applied arts at the base of a heroic artistic quest. Like Tantalus and Sisyphus, many makers still struggle against that entrenched mythology in their dealings with galleries, academia, clients and evaluating their own work.
Art is a vague and squishy word that can mean virtually anything. I honestly do not know if I have ever made a work of art and I no longer care. I am an object and image maker and I use objects and imagery in the same way that writers use words or musicians use sound; As a communicative medium. More specifically, I use images to represent ideas and issues that I am dealing with in my day to day life. For me the creative act and the process of making is always a learning experience and quite often the object or image that I create changes me as much as I change it.