First Woman 1991
Bronze Resin 87 x 32 x 26cm – £2950
Based on ancient sculptures of European Mother Goddesses, this figure is so abstract that it becomes a symbol. Thus, she embodies strength, pro-creation, and the nurturing body from which incessant forms of life emerge.
Parts of the body inessential for procreation have been made smaller, of left away altogether: for instance the head, the feet, the arms and hands. Yet the middle area of the body – the womb, the hips, the stomach are increased in size and importance.
The theme is fecundity both literally and as a symbol of other forms of creativity.
Sculpturally, I was most interested in two contrasting formal elements: of small and large size (head and hips) and of volume and roundness versus flatness or pointedness
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