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.
This particular variety of serpentine stone, 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.