In the Lilium series, Joseph Walsh expands on the formation and layering language of his Enignum series and once again refers to natural elements that inspire his work.
Lilium explores the relationship between the geometric and the organic.
The finished pieces blur the line between still and living objects, while capturing the natural instincts for growth in the material, the maker and the viewer. They mimic nature’s patterns, beginning with a cohesive bulb / form and growing according to diverse set of circumstances. In this work, Joseph finds the piece’s forms by following the curve of the wood so that the sculpture evolves from a structured, predictable object into a freely flowing work.
The making process of the Lilium series involved stripping Ash into thin layers and shaping the works, layer upon layer, while allowing the material to evolve into its final form.