Opus represents the core of Joseph Walsh’s creative output, each piece designed to enhance the experience of those who encounter it – as it is used, moved around, touched… stimulating the senses each and every time.
The works shown within the Opus portfolio are largely one-of-a-kind pieces, created for site-specific commission or exhibition. Each of the works in the six series illustrated – Enignum, Lumenoria, Lilium, Exilumen, Eximon and Erosion – has been realised through an intuitive engagement with form, materials and making.
From the earliest pieces in the Enginum series, Joseph Walsh developed a new process for working with materials, relinquishing control for greater freedom, and unpredictability. As the materials are allowed to speak so too does the initial impulse, the delicate expression of the hand.
From the Latin words Enigma (mystery) and Lignum (wood), the Enignum series expresses the mystery of the form that lies within the material. Each Enignum composition is created by manipulating and reconstructing thin layers of ash or walnut, allowing the wood itself to reveal the form as each layer naturally follows the next, coming from the same tree and following the same path.
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