The ubiquity of pencils

Lionel Bawden is known for his sculptural works made from Staedtler hexagonal coloured pencils fused together and carved for cryptic amorphous objects that transport the everyday source material beyond the known and commonplace.

“I have worked with pencils as a sculptural medium for twenty years now, so the meaning and experience of making the work has changed significantly over time. Any reading of the pencil sculptures, remains firmly rooted in the same ground in which my enquiry began – one of form, colour, geometry and metaphor. The play of the one and the many – of a utilitarian object embedded within a field of multiples.”

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