Walking in circles (2018)
Walking in circles is an original steel sculpture made by Scott Wilkes made by welding hundreds of round steel disks that range in size . This was an experimental piece being the first where i used the disks to see how they would work vs the small rods I normally use. I did like the way it turned out and will be going more like this as well as attempting to mix the two. It was also experimental in trying to convey movement. There was a person in mind when I made the piece but I will not name them. It somewhat has to do with her circular way of life. She has been dealing with mental illness and seems to have been running in circles as her mental state gets worse.. Its very sad for she was my best friend in the world but over the years her schizophrenia has made her someone I not only hardly know or understand anymore but has taken her to place where she just walks in circles mentally.
Scott was born in the early 70s on the east coast. Son to a chemical engineering professor and a school teacher. After bouncing around many states and even more cities Scott landed on his own in Austin Texas at the age of 17. He attended college by day and created leatherwork by night. The leatherwork lead to a show that was created basically by accident to feature his work in a fashion show. He then wrote, directed and performed in that show on on a weekly basis for 14 years. Then life changed dramatically due to a family tragedy and the show closed and Scott went to work as a roughneck welder for the next 10 years. While raising his daughter alone on a shoestring budget he began to sculpt with scrap steel from the shop to cope and keep busy. He is self taught and has been sculpting now for about 5 years and his primary subject is the female form. His goal is to take the chaos of a rigid medium thats cold, hard and sharp and pattern it in to soft flowing forms , smooth to the touch that convey warmth and emotion.