coloured Staedtler pencils, epoxy, pale boiled linseed oil
58 x 40 x 88 cm
Grant Pirrie, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney
Melbourne Art Fair, 2006, Entanglement, 2006 was the largest work undertaken in the My Body Remembers series.
The sensuous shapes and curves of Lionel Bawden’s sculptures are immediately attractive. By using masses of coloured pencils that have been worked together and shaped using power tools, Bawden asks the viewer to consider just what these amorphous objects are – some look like coral, some like plants, others completely abstract. Whatever they are, it’s this act of looking – and wondering – that brings them alive.
Writing about a work acquired for the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Bawden explained the motivation behind using coloured pencils. “The notion of the pencil and its purpose – to communicate, to work out solutions, and to create – are essential to the general drive of technology,” he wrote. “Most of the magic of technology is in our thinking. The poetry of technology is in our minds before it is in the world.”Enquire