G. Scott Raffield
Ultimately, I use drawing as an act of resistance, in solidarity with the much larger culture of resistance, to explore sex and politics, investigate systems of power, and express growth and trauma. Wars, both cultural & nationalistic, are the impetus for much of my work. I use a conglomeration of drawing, painting, installation & intervention to probe the undercurrent of violence in our society along with the political euphemistic language used to distort public perception & propagate profit-driven violence. I use languages of iconography — targeting the emotional, the irrational, & the emphatic in an effort to convey truth to power. I also paint flowers. <3 .
G. Scott Raffield was born in 1981 in Panama City, FL. He grew up in the Florida Panhandle surrounded by the Callaway Bayou. He began drawing at the age of three, and won competitions throughout school. At 16, he travelled to Japan where he gained a love of Japanese culture and language. After high school, with hopes of travelling abroad, Raffield enlisted in the US Army. After training, he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX and arrived at his unit September 9, 2001. Two days later the United States was at Threatcom Delta and Private Raffield was posted outside the Brigade Headquarters to check ID's of all who entered. Raffield excelled in the army and was promoted to Sergeant two years after entering duty. In 2004, SGT Raffield was deployed to Camp War Eagle, Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. After returning to the US, Raffield enrolled in art school and moved to Atlanta, GA. There in the capital of the South, he became entrenched in the Atlanta Drag Scene. In 2008, he studied abroad in Lacoste, France, home of the Marquis de Sade. Currently he is pursuing his Masters of Fine Art at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.