This sculpture depicts five aspects of Woman’s self/life: Birth on the bottom, the beginning for us all, a Maiden from the view of her back, a hugely pregnant me viewed on her left side, a Mother pulling her babe to the breast on the face (shown) side, and the crone as viewed on her right side.
This one was carved in 1995, when Benjamin was just a babe, out of soapstone. I was working on the piece the morning of April 19, 1995, when it fell to my kitchen floor and broke into pieces. I was devastated. I learned on the radio later that morning that at 9:02 AM, a truck had exploded in the street in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. About 90 minutes later, Timothy McVeigh was stopped by an Oklahoma state trooper for driving a vehicle without a license plate… This is one of those things that make me believe in God. When I put it together that my goddess sculpture had broken so close to the time (if not at the same time) of this huge disruption in our nation’s psyche, I knew I had to heal her. So I found a way to use the dust from her making to glue the pieces back together, and she appeared almost perfect. Now that she has aged–sat outside in the dirt, been soaked in the rain, and been transported from state to state with Benjamin and me, you can begin to see her cracks.
I love this sculpture. I have short hair in it as I did for Benjamin’s birth, and it is just the right size to hold in your lap and turn around to see all the sides.
[text by Nan]
©Nan Nickson, 2017
Nan Nickson’s mission statement: ‘Running Rooster Farm is a live, organic, performance art project where I try to grow my own food wherever I am at.’