Based on ancient sculptures of European Mother Goddesses, this figure is so abstracted as to become a symbol - of 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 even left away altogether: 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.
This woman embodies strength, and is well rooted to the ground; she feels none of the female vices like self-doubt, fear, guilt or hesitancy. Neither does she follow the most recent fashions, adhere to a diet , nor does she torture herself with shame or self-consciousness.
She faces the world head on, yet she is neither dynamic/expansive or aggressive: she rests in herself.
Originally carved from stone, she embodies the compact, compressed attributes of that material:strength, steadfastness and endurance. Her neck is squashed, and her head hardly rises out of the body; her arms are so tightly held against her body, that they seem embedded - as if they contained no bones!
Her stance is ambivalent: from the profile view she seems dynamic - her hair appears to be pulling her backwards, while her body is straining and bending forward as if struggling against the wind; from the front however, she seems immobile, rooted to the earth that she defends with all the massive volume of her body.