" Life from the vine " (2019)
Steel sculpture by Scott Wilkes. She stands 42 inches tall x 21 inches wide x 12 inches deep and weighs 31 pounds. She is mounted on a plate so she can stand with grace and is sealed so she won’t rust unless damaged.
To me the artist : She is an exploration of shape and pattern. Recently I was out for a walk and came upon a tree wrapped in vines and I could see a woman’s form within the intertwined branches. I see things all the time in nature that remind me of other things. Clouds can become faces or airplanes and vines can become a woman. I truly enjoy finding a way to mesh two patterns together to create something new.
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.