In this drawing, a figure sits alone at a table, alongside several oval objects that evoke oranges or potatoes and a plant in a pot. The light from a lamp on the left side contrasts with an encroaching darkness seen out the window on the right. This graphite and color-pencil work is part of a series by that artist that depicts figures ensnared in their domestic environments. In these works, the subject is collapsed into form in scenes where dread lurks around the corners of interior life.
Walton's works are dense and mysterious narratives, as surreal as they are mundane. The artist's compositions oscillate between representations of everyday life and suggesting looming unknown forces—resulting in interlocking psychological and existential tableaus. As Vivien Lee writes in The Art Paper, “[Walton] outlines the fragility of shared environments—faint edges separate the narrator from the viewer, character from author, characters from one another, forms from objects and shadows from light. [Walton's works explore] the convergence of environmental, spatial and social relationships.”
Lillian Paige Walton’s work features dense and mysterious narratives that are as surreal as they are mundane. The artist uses graphite and color-pencil to create works that oscillate between representations of everyday life and the depiction of looming unknown forces—creating interlocking psychological and existential tableaus. In Walton’s work, dread lurks around the corners of quiet scenes that feature women reading, writing and showering.