Enignum

Joseph Walsh

"....But Joseph’s works are so much more than the artifice of conjuring jaw-dropping amazement. Here is a precocious talent that has immersed itself in the history of design. Whose first works paid homage to the classical, the art déco and a dozen post war heroes from America, Europe and Japan. Has understood the ground-breaking work of his friend John Makepeace and has gone on to find his own lyrical voice. In the oldest Irish tradition of story-telling Joseph Walsh has mastered the art and delivers contemporary tales unearthed from the deepest places."

"In the Enignum series of work, I [Walsh] have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. I then shape through these layers to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma ('mystery') and Lignum ('wood'), for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material."

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