Scott Tulay


Artist Statement

One of my interests in architecture is the dissolution of the edge between building and landscape. My drawing studies are an extension of that interest, as I explore the nebulous relationship between assemblies of walls, beams or groupings of trees and the space they inhabit. This series of charcoal, pastel and ink drawings explores varying degrees of human intervention with the landscape. Each drawing begins as an empty landscape with a perspective towards the sky. The sky, which is completely devoid of rectilinear man-made geometries, is then layered with various degrees of human presence, whether with a simple phone pole or a complex structure. The light struggles to penetrate these spaces as their forms are fragmented by dark shadows. Sometimes the white of the paper is light; other times it is an object, creating spatial ambiguity.

My primary training in drawing was with William Flynn at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After graduating with a degree in Art and Architectural History from Tufts University, I graduated from M.I.T. with a Master's of Architecture degree. At M.I.T., I had further studies in drawing with T. Kelly Wilson.

I practiced architecture in Boston from 1998 through 2004 at Schwartz/Silver Architects. While at Schwartz/Silver, my drawings and renderings were published in Architecture, Contract and Build Boston magazine, as well as in a monograph of Schwartz/Silver published by L'Arcaedizioni.

Four years ago, I returned to live in Western Massachusetts where my family of Polish immigrants owned farms in Northampton and Hadley. My grandfather, or "dziadzio" [JAH-joh] grew asparagus, and his brother had a farm in Hadley. The Hadley farm cultivated tobacco with several hanging sheds in the fields. The filtered light in my shed drawings only comes in autumn when the vents of the barn walls are opened to dry the hanging tobacco leaves. In addition to developing my work as an artist, I continue to practice architecture with Juster Pope Frazier in Northampton. Recently, The jury for the 34th Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition in Dallas selected my drawing as the winner of the Wiley Prize for Hand Delineation in the professional category. The international contest is the oldest active architectural drawing competition in the world.