Written by the art critic Patricia Preece:
"This work shows two faces locked together in the most intimate way, but their gaze is strangely distant. The strength of the work is the tension that exists between the two heads which are bound together. the mother figure angles her cheek to her child in a aresponive manner but faces away with her eyes fixed to the horizon.
At the same time the child nuzzles the mother , but its kiss is a pout that tells us that it knows that the time for nurturing is over. The nurturer and the nurturer are also the rejecter and the rejected -= to encapsulated this using such economy of means is an amazing feat.
It is this that makes the figure truly modern. I love you , says the big heads, but its time you moved on - me and your dad have got things we want to do."
A third version of “ Mother and Child”, though it could equally represent a “Man and Woman”, with the woman, on the right being slightly larger .
The right head pulls away from the left, as she is half-heartedly trying to disentangle herself - an impossibity in the static medium of sculpture!
With the child/man on the left, I thought of a human bird chick that greedily demands food of its mother - pecking, kissing, feeding.
The space between the two is cramped. Within their shared closeness it shows both need and dependency on the one hand, but equally the longing to find freedom from the responsibility of care .