ART FOR THE PEOPLE: Scott Wilkes: Life from the Vine
Life from the Vine
Original Steel Sculpture
21” W x 42” H x 12” D
She is mounted on a plate so she can stand with grace and is sealed so she won’t rust unless damaged.
Artist Inspiration : 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.
Get to Know the Austin Artist: Scott Wilkes
My name is Scott Wilkes and I have been an Austin resident since 1988. I have been a welder for roughly 22 years and through my professional work I found a love to create with steel.I had some basic art training while in college but the sculpting is basically self taught. I have been Sculpting now for just under 5 years and found it to be one of the joys of my life. It started, i guess when I would see little piles of scrap metal pieces and would spread them out on the floor and see what patterns I could make with them. After a while i decided not to just make patterns but take those patterns and apply them to an image I would have in my mind. I will admit that the female form is on my mind a decent amount which makes it only natural that I combined the two. For me it's a great challenge to take a bunch of little pieces of steel that are cold , hard, and rough and weld them together and shape them and polish to form them in to something that conveys warmth and softness. Taking the chaotic mess of these unwanted scrap pieces and pulling them together to take shape and meaning is a goal with each piece. I also like to create modern industrial furniture and household items adorned with gears and machine parts that I go digging for at the local scrap yards. Some people would see mounds of rusty trash in the scrap yards, while I see golden potential.