" And The Earth Stood Still " (2020)
This sculpture was created by Scott Wilkes by welding about a thousand small steel rods together along with small plates and inlaid plates. She stands 43 inches tall x 21 inches wide x 12.5 inches deep. She is sealed so she will nor rust unless damaged. She is mounted on a steel plate that is 16 inches x 12.5 inches so she can stand tall and secure.
To me the artist :
she is s representation of one of my dream visitors who I call slumberlings. She is a new visitor who came just as the COVID 19 virus started to spread across the world. She came to me unmasked and took my hand and leaned in and kissed me on the forehead . She then looked me in the eye as I noticed a tear running down her cheek. She then stepped back and she raised her mask and said to me “ you must be safe and cover your face , or there will be an eclipse of the human race. “ I then watched as she locked the mask in place and she stepped forward and embraced me and said “ this is the last touch you should allow for while,, keep you hands clean, keep distance and wear your mask not just for you but for others. I will be watching you to keep you in check” she then stepped back and in to the shadows. She has come to visit me in several dreams now warning me of things to come and has been right on each so far. I see her like a guardian spirit who watches over me in this very troubling time.
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.