Scott Waters, "Kilometer Zero," 2012, oil on canvas, 48" x 72".
Scott Waters grew up in Kelowna where he finished his undergraduate degree in fine arts, and then he earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at York University in 2004. He presently lives in Toronto where he teaches part-time at Ontario College of Art and Design University.
He was a two-time participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, and in 2012 he was awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work as a war artist.
Waters’ exhibition titled The Keeper of Nothingness is based on his observation and experiences during his deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2011, where he was embedded in the Canadian Armed Forces unit. The work investigates the psychological states that Canadian soldiers often experience in Afghanistan during their deployment. Water’s work contemplates the human condition and the binary relationships which are commonly experienced by the army personnel during their missions: anticipation of an event and its aftermath, safety and chaos, and a constant reminder of mortality.