Artist Interview: Scott Meskill

Artist: Scott Meskill
Discipline: Sculpture, Painting, Design
State: California
Website http://www.scottmeskilldesigns.com

What is your current state of mind?
Open

What is your greatest fear?
Living a life in parallel to my true purpose, like viewing it from a moving train.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
burrito please

When and where were you happiest?
In, on , or around water.

Which talent would you most like to have? Why?
salesmanship

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
more discipline in the details

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
cognitive thinking

If you have a “greatest regret”… How has that changed you?
pursuing responsibility over passion

What is your motto?
I’ve never met a man that wasn’t worth at least one good insult.

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Did you have a mentor? How was that?
Currently studying under Robert Wilhite. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several
projects with Bob and while he is teaching me skills and practices, I believe the most
valuable lesson is methods of thought. Someone who has committed their life to the process
of creation and survived, has a much different perspective of the world. I’ve spent most of
my life selling my time to the highest bidder, and I’m looking to own that time once again.

What makes you uniquely you as an artist and person?
I’m the only one who has traveled the exact path that I have traveled. If I am able to
transpose the accumulation of sights, sounds, and emotions along the way into a piece of
work, then it should be considerably unique!

What 5 words would you use to describe your artwork?
Five words to describe my work would be- soulful, dark, beautiful, rich, and real.

What is your dream project?
After swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, I’m itching to do my rendition of one to scale.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
don’t eat the yellow snow

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and Why?
Something underwater, maybe a dolphin, they seem to have a good time. Not having arms
would suck, so maybe a dolphin with arms, that should work better.

Describe your favorite color to somebody who is blind.
Red- deep, rich, savory, passionate, beautifully fragrant

What was your most memorable a-ha! art moment?
First time I put a brush to canvas, I had no idea that I had been building translatable skills
from years of photoshop work .

Tell us about your current body of work?
I’m currently working on a series of sculptures created from salvaged materials. Mostly
sculpted wood and metal, in the from of human parts and emotions. At the same time my
paintings seem to be expressing a similar tone and feel to them, so I’m hoping it evolves into
a really complete solo show!

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How has your style and practice changed over the years?
It’s been a rapid development based on time and effort. It wasn’t until I brought the right
person into my life that I was able to express myself artistically. Then when I was able to get
studio space and surround myself with other artist, my work grew proportionately. The more
time I commit, the more growth I see. My allowance of this has been what’s changed the
most, giving myself permission to focus time on creative pursuits.

Where do you see yourself going from here forward in your artistic explorations?
I’d like to take bigger risk, tackle more meaningful issues, create statement pieces that help
people look at something with a different perspective. Above all I’d like to create works that
are undeniable beautiful, and give people a sense of wonderment. To create public artwork
that has the ability to captivate and enhance the collective conscious for the better of
everyone.


Artist Bio / Statement:

Born in Detroit I have been living in the Los Angeles area since 1999 Educated in film making
I learned welding and fabrication techniques while building camera cranes and dollies for the
film industry. After years of grease and manual labor I left the film industry to become a
digital artist.

That career change helped me develop my skills as a painter but over a decade
later I was longing to get out from behind the computer and work with my hands creating
physical pieces again. So in October of 2013, I moved into my first studio/workshop and
began making one of a kind furniture and accessories from reclaimed and salvaged
materials.

I unknowingly moved into a mini artist community and was encouraged to do an
open studio and participate in some local art shows. It was only then that I decided to wear
the label of “artist”. My current work reflects my past experience working with metal and
wood and the blending of organic and inorganic materials to represent hybrid forms of
human components. My paintings express similar elements of truncated human figures,
while dark and slightly uncomfortable, there is still the inherent beauty of humanity within.


Image Specs

1.
Title: Twitch
Dimensions: 96″ x 48″ x 14″
Medium: Sculpted wood log, salvaged wood and steel base

2.
Title: I’m The White Rabbit
Dimensions: 15 1/2″ x 15 ”
Medium: Oil on wood panel

3.
Title: Undertow
Dimensions: 76″x 38″ x 20″
Medium: Salvaged wire, steel,and wood

 

 

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