I started the day by going to see my youngest daughter’s Christmas festival at her kindergarten. It had live tableaus – the staff dressed up as shepherds, kings etc, and the climax was a real baby wrapped up and laid in the crib (one of the kindergarten kid’s new sibling). It took me by surprise, and it moved me alot.
I had already planned to spend my workday modelling a madonna and child in clay. My intention was to base the sculpture on the Anglo Saxon saint figures that I carved previously for a client. However, I think that morning’s live tableaus seeped into me, and instead I veered ‘off road’. Instead of making a historically accurate figure, I modelled something that was much more personal and modern in style. Not that all my past thinking and observations were wasted, just held more freely… I hope that the finished carving will ring many bells.