Most successful artists have developed a distinctive style, a way of interpreting the world that is instantly recognizable as theirs. For Seattle artist Scott Fife, it’s the material he uses that sets his work apart. His powerful, larger-than-life portrait heads of famous people are created entirely of multiple layers of carved and laminated cardboard. An assortment of his celebrity heads, including likenesses of John Wayne and Bruce Lee, are currently on view in Pioneer Square. Joining us to discuss these fiberboard sculptures is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.
I’m sure that the work of Scott Fife adds something pertinent to our endless conversation about the celebrated icons of mass culture and their images, but for me…. it’s about the cardboard.