I used this image in my post yesterday about how to make your own (potter’s!) hand cream, and someone asked me to explain what the sculpture is all about; is the lady in pain or in ecstasy?
Well, I would say there is a little bit of both in there; the piece is called The Abduction and it is based on a Swedish folk tale about a young girl who ventures into the woods to collect fir cones. She is very tired and very hungry and sits down in the forest leaning against a big rock. The rock opens up and she is invited inside by the Fair people to eat and dance in their bright and beautiful halls. The next morning she wakes up outside the rock with her basket of fir cones beside her. ‘I must have had a dream’, she thought and wandered off home.
But her village had changed beyond all recognition; new people lived in her house and her parents and siblings had long gone. She recognized no one and nobody knew who she was or what she was doing in their village.
The sculpture in the first picture is made of plaster of Paris and it is mounted on a piece of drift wood I found on the beach.
This second version is made from smoke fired ceramics mounted on an oak plinth.