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Mary Joy Scott’s untitled mural comes to life in Clarion Alley

In Artist on November 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Before her mural on Clarion Alley, Scott competed a piece on 18th and Alabama. This piece was an image from World War II. It depicted a solider and a woman walking with a bicycle. The solider has a white flag in his hand.  Scott enjoys painting political murals and after this particular mural she started experimenting with art with subjects she liked that weren’t so political.

Due to her being active in the art community, she was later given a wall to paint in Clarion Alley. She worked on this large space initially with Tauba Auerbach and Claudine Gossett. There were three main subjects and they painted girls on bicycles doing tricks together. Scott describes the process to have been very “meticulous.”

However, as avid artists know about Clarion Alley, the mural was taken down because it was not “running.” As Scott says, things run for a while in Clarion Alley and if they aren’t popular or get defaced then they are replaced. The bicycle mural had a lot of open space and, as a result, was going to be replaced by a new mural.

They offered Scott the space again, but it was too large for her to do by herself. By then Tauba Auerbach had moved back to New York and Claudine Gossett was busy, so Scott took a third of the size given to her to paint.

She painted over Auerbach’s section of it and an original face from that mural can be seen in the newly untitled mural Scott completed in 2006.

Learn more about this untitled piece by listening to the audio below.

 

 

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On a side note:

Mary Joy Scott’s mural she talks about in the beginning of the audio that was by the Gold Coast Grill in San Francisco State’s Cesar Chavez Student center featured: Maxine Hong Kingston, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Audre Lorde. Her decision around these women in history stemmed from the people that she admired and who were also political activists and artists — not to mention whom also dealt with women issues.

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