Folded Koan

1990

36 x 26 x 20 cm

Cast bronze.

Private Collection.

Liliane Lijn has been drawing soft conical forms for some time. Thinking of fan shaped open cones led to folded cones. This also came from making paper models for large-scale sculptures. Cones began to change into pyramids, obelisks and variations on these shapes.

Working with wedges of wax creates its own choices because the wax curves under its own weight – the choice is given of accepting its reaction to the artist’s handling or changing it. This relationship, between the material and the artist, forms the basis for the work.