Joel Parkes

The first collection in the triptych ECLOSION, ‘Ecdysis’ consists of three sculptures representing Integument, Meiosis and Ecdysis.   The trio is the expression of the germination, swelling and subsequent bursting of a seed into life.

Integument is the jewel-like seed, in its hard shiny, beautiful casing.

Meiosis is its more swollen, gestated state.

Ecdysis, is the opening of the seed

Integument is nestled within the Ecdysis vessel to iterate the cyclical notion of life. The colours of the trio play with the duality of light and dark – the bright quickening of life in nature graduating to darkness which in turn allows for bright iridescent potential.


ECLOSION is an installation exploring the notion of Transfiguration as a single organic entity evolving through its life-cycle.

At its core are three vessels hand-carved from the same oak tree expressing, through a single form, the stages of fertility, pregnancy and rebirth.  The vessels are grouped with ancillary objects which further illustrate the narrative stages.

Parkes celebrates that which makes his material of choice so powerful, its richness of grain and markings that would not exist without its own complex organic life cycle.

We are also invited to experience the thinking behind, and evolution of, a work of art. The three core sculptures are snapshots of the same vessel in three stages of the developing concept; representing the birth of an idea and its gestation, the process of reaching maturity and the power of inner metamorphosis to create the seed of new life.

The forms of vessel and seed then serve to prompt you to consider where you are in cycle of your life, how connected are you to those at other stages, are you a spiritual vessel or pure organic matters, have events in your life enabled you to evolve into a more beautiful and spiritual being?

This extraordinary installation has facilitated its own transfiguration in Parkes – by applying intellectual rigour the outcome is that he is looking at his craftsmanship in an entirely new way, this piece transfiguring his mindset and marking a turning point in his own journey of evolution as an artist.



oak / rhododendron / pewter / copper / gold / acrylic / fire

Dimensions: 63, 30, 30

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