S C O T T C A W O O D
M E T A L A R T I S T
Photos by Michael Davis
Music by Steve Kemp
B L U E S M E N
"A lean loose-jointed Negro had commenced plunking a guitar beside me while I slept... As he played, he pressed a
knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularized by Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars. " Goin' where
the *Southern cross the Dog." ...The singer repeated the line three times, accompanying himself on the guitar with
the weirdest music I had ever heard. I never forgot it."
...WC Handy (Father Of the Blues) ...on his first encounter with the Delta Blues at the train depot in Tutwiler MS in
1903 while awaiting a long overdue train.
*The reference is to the crossing at Moorhead, Mississippi, of the Southern Railway and the local Yazoo and
Mississippi Valley Railroad, called the Yellow Dog. By Handy's telling locals assigned the words "Yellow Dog" to the
letters Y.D.(for Yazoo Delta) on the freight trains that they saw.
Blues Portraits In Steel: The Delta
The Mississippi Delta is ground zero for countless blues musicians who in spite of, or because of, their incredibly
difficult existence, used their original music to give voice to their lament and in doing so gave birth to an uniquely
American art form. Their music is loved and understood across the broad boundaries of culture and time and I truly
believe this to be an undeniable testimony of their being true Masters.
I am creating this series of sculptures because I want to capture the deep, honest, and raw emotion I hear the in
the music and see in the faces of each of these individual artists. Each portrait is my personal account of how that
individual's music affects me, making each of their expressions in many ways my own.
Each portrait sculpture is an original one/off, piece of artwork. Each is slightly larger than life-size (though it varies)
and made from 1/4" steel rod welded into a cage-like substructure over which sections of derelict steel heating oil
tanks are cut, shaped, and welded together to complete the form. I use the oil tanks as skin because of their
uniquely weathered texture. The finishes are of burnt oil, a very similar process to seasoning a cast iron frying pan.
Each is then sealed with polyurethane for longevity.
This is an ongoing series of work.
Selected commissions accepted.
Pricing on request.
"Blues Portraits In Steel" Works by Scott Cawood, On Exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum; June 11, 2015 -Oct 2015.
Opening reception, Meet the Artist June 11, 5-7pm.
"Gettin Green With The Blues" Artist Talk; Aug 6, 2015, 2pm. This will be a DBM event in conjunction with the 2015
Sunflower River Blues Festival.
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