I'm Trying... | Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper | 35" x 51" | 2015

Decorative Piece (the drippy one) | Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper | 34" x 51" | 2015

I Can't Breathe | Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper | 67" x 51" | 2015


Artist Statement: A page out of a notebook, with its blue lines and spiral bound edges, is a familiar image to most. This is Scoggins’ primary vehicle for establishing a connection with the viewer. The paper is enlarged to give this common object a sense of importance and to create a new perspective. The text and images placed upon the large page deal with the influences of American culture and politics. The paper is torn, crumpled, and folded to implicate a tangible history and to suggest the creation of an object—thus expanding the definition of traditional drawing. 


Michael Scoggins was born in Washington D.C in 1973 and gained an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. He attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 and was selected for the MacDowell Colony residency in 2013. Scoggins is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); the Hammer Museum, (Los Angeles, CA); the Mattituck Museum (Mattituck, CT); Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA); The Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA) along with many private collections. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.