“A bigger person is giving a smaller person a protective kind of hug.”
The outer part of the sculpture is more substantial than the inner part. Willard sees them as two people, either man and woman or perhaps parent and child.
The arms of the larger person encircle the smaller one from the outside. The slighter, more vulnerable one is enclosed and protected by the stronger, larger person on the outside.
Willard was a new addition to Guruve’s gallery of Zimbabwean sculptors a couple of years ago, and we think his work is exceptional. His pieces are elegant, fluid and brimming with confidence.
This piece has a lovely flow, it feels very organic, and it is very pleasing to look at and to touch. It’s a perfect centrepiece – it is interesting from every angle, including looking down on it from above.
It’s also a very versatile height, as it is short enough to be displayed indoors without being overwhelming. Equally, on a tall plinth in a flowerbed so it hovers about the plants, it would have a great dramatic impact.
Unsurprisingly, this hard variety of serpentine stone has been named ‘avocado’ after its striking green and yellow colouration. The colours in the stone are entirely natural, enhanced by the application of a coat of clear wax.
This sculpture is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.