The Australian artist Lionel Bawden creates stunning sculptures made from pencils glued together. Bawden’s core artistic practice utilizes hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfiguring and carving them into amorphous shapes and mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor. He explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity.
For his American debut, The World of the Surface, his sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body and locate one’s inner-world within a mythical and geographic underworld, suggesting interconnected realms of discovery and dark psychological states. This series further explores the void and points of entry and disappearance to interior realms where forms take shape over millennia.