SCOTT HAZARD is a visual artist based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born and raised in California, Hazard received his landscape architecture education at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and studied sculpture, photography and video at the University of Florida.
His works are a meditation on land and the cultural lenses through which we perceive, experience and engage with our environment. His mixed-media works explore how people engage, understand, and exploit the land. Delving into recent and distant histories of human interaction with our environment, as well as geology, hydrology and plant ecology, the landscape becomes something that can be read.
Hazard extracts and projects narratives from/onto constructed cosmic topographies to craft glimpses of fabricated notions of wilderness. His works feature numerous layers of paper punctuated with geometric and organic masses of hand-stamped text, which are carefully torn or cut, spaced apart and aligned to define intimate portal-like voids and micro-gardens. The viewer has the opportunity to look ‘at’ and ‘through’ each composition simultaneously.