Michael Scoggins (M.F.A., painting, 2006) is an internationally recognized artist with an extensive exhibition history of over twenty solo shows and fifty curated group exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among other notable public and private collections. He has attended prestigious residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MacDowell Colony, and Fountainhead. A page out of a notebook, with its blue lines and spiral bound edges, is a familiar image. This is Michael Scoggin's primary vehicle to make a connection with the viewer. The paper is enlarged to give this common object a sense of importance and to create a new perspective. The text and images placed upon the large page deal with the influences of American culture and how it has shaped his life. The paper is torn, crumpled and folded to implicate a tangible history and to suggest the creation of an object, thus expanding the definition of traditional drawing.