Ceramicist Scott A. Leipski creates work from recurring memories and an obsession with his own youth. Using hand-built techniques, bold colors, and nontraditional ceramic textures, Leipski aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia, whimsy, and the surreal. For Leipski, exploration is an essential aspect of making, and his inherent curiosity is evident in his toy-like recombined cast forms and imaginative surfaces. Through Leipski's play, past meets present to spark a shared remembrance for each viewer’s varied past.
ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work, I explore my fascination with the balance between décor and narrative, drawing from ever-present memories and obsessions of my youth to evoke a sense of nostalgia. As a result, my love for whimsy is displayed, masking a deeper, sometimes darker narrative. Employing press molds, I select and assemble chosen commonplace objects that convey my stories. My hope is that the work invites my audience to draw upon their own experience and imagination in hopes of creating a mutual reminiscence.
ABOUT: Artist Scott Leipski’s compulsion to create, the joy of his work, and a strong sense of discipline learned from years of retail management have kept him driven and focused -- not only to produce but to innovate. For him, inspiration comes from doing the work. Primarily a self-taught artist, Leipski learned as he went, navigating practical matters like how to fire a kiln as well as artistic choices with many hard lessons; he views failure as part of what has led to his successes. A storyteller at heart, his works often contain some element of the surreal; Leipski loves creating beautiful or evocative art that can inspire conversations or mutual reminiscences of different pasts. Scott Leipski currently lives and works in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.