Lillian Abel

Visions In Clay 2020

Lillian Abel

Artist Statement:

Lillian Abel lived in New York from 1976 to 1992, thereafter, moving to current home in Los Angeles, California. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and various venues across America, and internationally in Krakow, Poland, Phnom Penh and Battanbang, Cambodia.

She is a graduate of Ohio University, majoring in Psychology and Art. On a scholarship she studied at the Chicago Art Institute in welding and bronze casting. Lillian attended in New York; The New School for sculpture, Art Students League, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for sculpture.

She received an award for her solo show, Reflections of the Unseen, from the City of Fontana and Community Services Department. She was interviewed on KFON-TV 06/29/2019. Lillian received Honorable Mention in the 2020 LA Open Show, Juried by Juri Koll. Public Art include Hawthorne Police Department, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City and the Casino Aztar in Evansville Indiana.
In 1992, Abel founded The Art Workshop in downtown Skid Row, Los Angeles, whose mission is to mentor the Artists of the community. This Workshop in the Documentary “Humble Beauty” by Letitia Schwartz & Judith Vogelsang, currently airing nationally on American Public Television.

The Maid of Orleans depicts a sense of calm along with chaos, a sense of peace as well as fierce determination. Joan was a young peasant who claimed to have visions of archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII in order to recover France from English domination. She had a fire within her that convinced Charles VII to have her lead an army at the Siege of Orléans. Joan’s victory, with more victories to follow, led to Charles VII’s consecration at Reims. His consecration eventually led to a final French victory over the English.

On 23 of May 1430 she was burned at the stake by the English and died at 19 years of age. Twenty-six years later her trial was examined by Pope Callixtus II who found her to be innocent and canonized her a Roman Catholic saint.


Maid of Orleans
Stoneware with oxide stain, high fire
10” x 11” x 6”