This sculpture is a very personal response to the loss of a loved one. I wanted to make something that would feel gentle and cherishing. It came from a very simple need to feel that the person would still be held – if not by me, then by the earth or a greater spirit. While the gesture is sheltering and protective, there is also a sense of offering.
The sculpture is now on permanent display in the grounds of Grimthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire.
It was commissioned by The Memorial Arts Charity for the Art and Memory Exhibition, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex, 2009.
Catalogue: ‘Art & Memory – New perspectives on memorial art.’
Dimensions: 900mm H x 1250mm W x 1450mm D
Material: Clipsham Stone