Art on the Underground have commissioned artist Samara Scott to create a permanent artwork for the Northern Line Extension. Scott’s work will be installed at the new Underground station at Nine Elms, due to open in autumn 2021 and is the artist’s first permanent public commission internationally.
Scott has conceived an ambitious nine metre high artwork set into the concrete panels of the ticket hall. Her artwork will take the form of coloured liquid ‘spillages’ in excavated sections of the concrete panels, containing objects and materials collected from the local area. Scott will scavenge objects from local sites including food shops, flower markets, items washed up on the banks of the Thames, construction site debris, and soil and matter from the newly excavated tunnels of the Northern Line Extension.
Congealing these objects into richly coloured sap, Scott will form a new topology for the station that chronicles and fossilizes habits, customs, rituals and behaviours of the Nine Elms landscape. The work will cover an area of over 100 square metres and incorporate 28 separate panels.
Samara Scott commented: “I am interested in archiving a rapidly mutating landscape; I find the Nine Elms area a surreal tapestry of high-rise 3D rendered bionic futurism, a horizon of furious construction. All these superimpositions, layers of Latin community over medieval river beds, office worker transit, squatter communities, gay subculture histories and Sunday junk markets all lapping at the tideline of the old motorway belt into the city: the Thames. I want to find a way to talk about these things simultaneously butting and bleeding into each other at the tideline, and the cultural pollution-pollination in a city through materiality.”
Samara Scott lives and works in London. Selected solo shows include Belt and Road, Tramway, Glasgow, 2018; Developer, Pumphouse & Battersea Park, London, 2016; Silks, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2015.