1993 - metal: bronze
'Lamentation' by Barry Parker is composed of rounded, abstract shapes constructed from hammered bronze sheets and welded into closed forms. The shapes are assembled in such a fashion as to resemble a standing figure--the uppermost head-like section appears to be thrown back with the open portion emiting a cry of anguish. Further distinguishing this sculpture and adding to its emotional impact, is the evidence of the process Parker followed in creating the work. On the surface are the marks left by heating the metal, striking it, and welding the sheets together. These marks and welded seam lines are allowed to remain visible and can be read as scars further alluding to grief and pain.