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Scott Wilkes

" Forged Through Will " (2019)

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26x20x12 in / 37.00 lb
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Metal
“Forged Through Will “ Completion date nov 21 2019 This piece was created by hand through a series of welding , shaping, painting cussin and a bit of fury. It is only my second male form to date and it also is somewhat of a conceptual not actual self portrait. It stands 26 inches tall x 20 inches wide x 12 inches deep and...
“Forged Through Will “

Completion date nov 21 2019

This piece was created by hand through a series of welding , shaping, painting cussin and a bit of fury. It is only my second male form to date and it also is somewhat of a conceptual not actual self portrait. It stands 26 inches tall x 20 inches wide x 12 inches deep and weighs 37 pounds . its mounted on a steel plate so it can stand tall and stable which is 16 inches x 12 inches.

To me the artist:
As I have said this piece is my second self portrait yet wanting to express fully its a conceptual piece NOT and actual self portrait. I will say though that the actual form has to do with my brothers recent metamorphosis and the actual physical form does resemble him. I wanted to give him credit for his impact on this piece which I’m sure he will like it. it also should be noted and even though this is somewhat of a self portrait it some of the feeling about being forged does apply to him as well on more than one level but not on all.. My very first sculpture was called “ the ill fitting holes in my armor “ and it was a self portrait also on a conceptual level. I made it at basically the beginning of the war with myself and the love that I was loosing. I chose to make this second piece because I felt I wanted to express something further .. I lost my exwife to drugs and mental illness. I was left to raise our child by myself but spent years trying to help my ex to no avail. While all this was going on I was working so many hours per week at times I was working hours for 2 full time jobs and some overtime. I was working at my JOB and when I came home I did side work and sculpted. I once went 136 days without a day off because even when I didnt have to go to work I kept working becuase I knew I had to keep pressing forward to be able to succeed. This pieces is a representation of the inner strength yet all the holes in me. It takes inner strength to muscle all of the weight of the world, and when your personal world is under siege you can still expand beyond normal limits which in some ways leaves holes in you .But they are like battle scares ,, they should be looked at like badges of honor and incorporated in to you being.
I do hope that this piece shows in the way the plight of single fathers and the men who just won’t give up.. I also want to give a note ,, this piece also has some inspiration to my very good friend “ Smallz “ . Cause he has been just that kind of father ,, He was a touch weak at the start ,,, but HE IS A GOOD DAD! ( WHOO WHOO ) (( he will get that but you won’t )) ((( IRON ARMY ! )))

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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...


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.

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