Lillian Ball


Mirage, 1989
Handforged lead, stainless steel
Dimensions variable

On View: June 2002 - October 2015


Conceptual and minimal in nature, these three-dimensional planes of hand-worked lead lay directly on the ground, encountering and interacting directly with the elements. These smaller forms hug the earth, and invite the viewer to get closer and inspect from all angles. These three, independent structures present the viewer with a different appearance based on where one is standing.


"Handforged lead is a technique I developed to make metal sculpture myself in a more integrated way than casting or welding. Full scale wire mesh patterns are permeated with molten lead. The resulting flat sheets are folded and hammered into the final shape. Regardless of the form's combined complexity, each is made from a single piece of material." - Lillian Ball


Much of Ball's recent work focuses on environmental issues, and her materials include silicone, video, installation, and more non-traditional media. She is working on several public art projects that deal with this subject in southern New York State.


Lillian Ball has exhibited in institutions and galleries throughout North America and Europe. She has lectured at a multitude of institutions throughout the U.S., including Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union, The New School, and more. She was an associate graduate advisor from 2002 - 2003; she has also been featued in several publications including Art in America, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Timeout Magazine, and many more. She has been awarded several grants and awards in the visual and environmental arts since the late 1980s.


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