Scooter Loves Sex
From Sixth Finger: “When I did some research about you, your work really gave me the impression like: this work is insanely awesome. Has nothing to do with the whole queer-ish subject. Tell me more about your work in combination with being queer.
I use my paintings to confess about my life. I don’t really think about my work being “queer”. It does not feel right to label what I do. I don’t like being put inside of a box. Although, the literal meaning of the word queer is, a strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different, this completely describe me and most people who call themselves an artist.
What is an artist in your opinion?
That depends on how one defines art. I believe everyone is an artist. An artist is someone thinks creatively. A bread maker, a plumber, a carpenter are all artists to me. Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” I think most people remain artists; they just manifest it in many different ways.
Is there a specific style you have?
I would call my style fucked up children’s Golden Books on acid, and I don’t even do drugs! Abstract expressionism with some Dutch Master’s realism thrown in, to make it complete.
Has your work changed through the years?
Oh yes my work has changed. I did a fellowship at Cooper Union and I left there a different person. I used to paint very small with tiny brushes. After my fellowship I use large brushes and lots of thick oil paint. My motto if one in going to paint they should PAINT! Get dirty and get into it. Go into world’s no one has ever been to before.
Is your work a reflection of something that has/ had to come out
YES! I paint about break ups, fights, love, and the world around me.
I’ve seen some really naked elements in your paintings. I lived in Amsterdam, so I’m not really shocked actually. Is it hard to be an artist in NYC?
Yes NYC is very fickle when it comes to art. An artist has to make his or her own voice and then figure out how to get it heard. The population of New York City is 8.337 Million and I would say 99.9999% of the people living here are artist. It is a very original, smart savvy voice to get heard here. New Yorkers have seen and done it all. Getting their attention can be difficult.
Sex sells, but isn’t it a way to get attention? I mean, some huge genitalia in my living room won’t be so much appreciated by the rest of my furniture.
Yes indeed SEX SELLS! And I love that sex sells because I love sex and sexiness. So lucky me! I have used sex to get attention, but, it is authentic sex, and I believe it comes across in my work.”
"As long as I live I will have control over my being."
- Artemisia Gentileschi
Warrior of Love.