As an independent artist and designer, I have deliberately avoided some of the limitations, both of specialized areas of work and the obligations of commitment required in a design studio environment.
Generally, I prefer to work alone, when that allows me more room to experiment and change, and to choose commissions of a wider diversity (from web creation to record covers, corporate work to unique commissions).
Presently, I am pursuing only the commissions I believe in and can support morally, socially and politically. This approach leads me into essentially close relationships with clients.
With two of my experimental projects thus far – NIGHTlink – An Internet Journey By Rail, and HOSPITAL – I have indulged a passion for image-making… Siteworks offering a unique marriage of progressive ‘musics’ with flexible visuals. Both are joined in a network unified by a starting-point and an end-point. In the middle lies a finite universe of 100 virtual underground stations, each one representing a completed Day For Night project.
…This might be tied in to a longtime fascination with underground travel, allowing me to develop a more effective context to integrate my music and images, making for a journey that is both unique for each visitor, and yet, like a subway system, governed by a powerful internal logic.
What I do is not a ‘job’ but a vocation, something that is fundamental to my life. My approach to doing projects is continually informed by a passion for language and for architecture – a balance of form, space and order.
I admit a tendency to being something of a ‘trainspotter’ – this informs creation of an ordered universe, where the beauty and serendipity of random order can ultimately be introduced to play a catalytic role in the creative process.
Future hopes include continually challenging the accepted notions
of applied arts – experimenting with unknown materials and new
technologies – to extend work into a wider diversity of projects and
to work more with environmentally-aware clients.
Eric Scott, January 1, 2000