We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Lionel Bawden The inexhaustible flux

pencil, expoxy, acrylic laquer, metal

72 x 89 x 6 cm

The inexhaustible flux represents the movement of the body within the ever-changing landscape of forest, mountain and river; walking the skin of the earth. The sculpture physically mimics the voids and ellipses of mountain pools articulated by the converging lines of rock formations, while simultaneously transmitting a rhythmic pulse or vibration. Horizontal strata are inverted, flipping mountain forms into a pulse-like abstraction, where the eye of the viewer charts its own journey through interwoven pathways.The work is made from an assemblage of coloured, hexagonal Staedtler pencils, a material for which most people hold a subconscious tactile affinity and, for the artist, a core material. The inexhaustible flux pays homage to a landscape in a state of constant transformation and the physical power that landscape transmits into the body.

- Lionel Bawden, 2016