Joel Parkes

The second, and centralising, element of the Eclosion series, this piece represents the emergence of life. The form of the vessel is feminine and pregnant, though not stylised nor perfected. The piece captures both the beauty as life evolves within, and the strange beauty in the depleted form as it gives over its vitality.


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

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

This group is sold, please see artist information regarding commissions.


oak / poplar / pewter / copper / gold

Dimensions: 120, 40