Military members and veterans are only a small portion of the American population. Currently, approximately one percent of our nation serves on active duty and seven percent makes up the veteran population. Many of our service members join at a very young age. Because of this, they are highly receptive to military’s socialization, resulting in high levels of acculturation. Members of the armed forces, no matter how long they have served, feel the effect of that service decades after they have been discharged. Veteran Affairs report that the veteran suicide rate is 20 per day.
Theresa Scott uses personal experience and research to explore the trials and tribulations that service members face during their time in the service; the troubles they face reintegrating into their civilian lives, and the accompanying mental unrest. Employing digital manipulation of media, she combines graphic design and photography to create her narrative photographs. Scott also utilizes traditional animation to recount events that unfold during an emergency call while on the police force, reflecting on her journey to overcome a traumatic event.
Born in 1981, Michigan native Theresa Scott joined the Marine Corps upon graduating from Lapeer West High School. She was stationed at Cherry Point in North Carolina where she was an aircraft electrician working on the AV-8B Harrier jet. After serving for five years she left the Marine Corps and for six years worked as a police officer with the Raleigh Police Department. She attended Johnston Community College where she earned her Associates of Fine Arts degree, then Barton College where she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Art with concentrations in graphic design and photography. She is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Duke University in Experimental and Documentary Arts.