This sculpture is about the gender balance:
“One side is bigger than the other, they are not quite equal, but it’s balancing all the same.”
So the smaller, slightly thinner loop at the top represents a woman and the larger more substantial loop by her side is her husband. Together, they form the perfect balance – and this sculpture does stand very nicely!
Willard is a man living in a traditional rural community, where wives are expected to be obedient and subservient. However, in private, they may have more opportunity to influence decision-making.
Women in other cultures, such as our own, have different opportunities and expectations, and the relationship between husband and wife will find a different balance. Or perhaps it depends more on the individuals involved than the society in which they live.
We love a sculpture that is so aesthetically pleasing and also thought-provoking at the same time.
Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking green and yellow colouration. This particular variety, with tiger stripes, is especially hard and rings with a metallic sound when struck with a punch.
The colours in the stone are entirely natural, merely enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.