Scott Ingram

Nail polish drawings

In 1950 Ellsworth Kelly made a unique drawing by dripping green ink onto a vertical sheet of paper, creating what he called an “automatic drawing”.  In May of 1999 I worked with Mr. Kelly to hang that drawing at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  In keeping with the true spirit of Kelly’s automatic drawing, my paintings are based in line and drawing, however I re-drew the lines in nail polish. The polish became a cost effective surrogate for automotive enamel paints. I also loved the role of sexual reversal that happened by switching the materials. I had thought about using model car enamels, but the nail polish became not just a feminine material, but sexually charged at the same time, in the complete opposite way as hot rod and sports car enamels. The lines that make up the pieces reflect ideas of human life for me. They all start the same and end the same, but the path that each line takes creates the composition. 

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