At sixteen I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia. At nineteen it was Depression. Twenty-one it was Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D). Twenty-three it was IBS and PCOS. As my body and self have since become a collection of struggles and over-comings, so too has my artwork. Using photo-realistic subjects often concealed in, consuming, or wearing metaphoric objects these portraits draw from my experiences with physical and mental illness and visualize them for others to witness. It is through my portraiture that I seek to understand mental and physical disorder, personal struggle, physical pain, and isolation. With the conclusions I make through my work I hope to visualize the trials of my conditions and extend knowledge to the viewer, allowing them a window into the realities of my own and others lives.
Shelby Scattergood is a portrait artist specializing in works that capture the complicated evolution of mental and physical illness. She received a BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from the University of North Carolina of Greensboro in 2016. She has been exhibited nationally including the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, The Jones Carter Gallery, the VAE in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Urban Riche Gallery. In 2017 Shelby was named the Grand Champion in the NC Artists Exhibition.
She currently works and resides in Richmond, VA.