It is amazing how 31 year old, self taught and Irish born Joseph Walsh uses the diverse qualities of wood to create such delicate and intricate works of art.
In the Continuum series of his work, he explores the transition and relationship between massive eroded forms and delicate free form composition. The solid form is a reconstruction of a solid log through an assembly of thick layers which are carved into shape, the free form bursts from this into a delicate bent form composition informed by the materials elasticity.
For Enignum, he has stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. He has 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.” – Joseph Walsh