An invitation ,,,,for more than fingerprints! (2017)
is a steel sculpture created by Scott Wilkes by welding thousands of small steel rods together. Its mounted on a plate so it stands tall on its own and balanced so that it will not topple without undue force.
To me the artist ; This piece was slightly sexual in nature,, I was meant to be a a somewhat sultry invitation,,,an offering ,, A desire to be touched,, and fingerprints were the least of the impression that was wanted ,, but it would be a start. There was also a firm attempt to make thumbprints as part of the pattering … look at the “ cheeks …
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.