This is my first life-size steel woman and child. Making them was partly in response to the question,�can Greg make a steel woman of weird materials that is actually pretty?� Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I leave that answer to you. I knew it would be particularly challenging as it is far easier to make gnarly faces with wrinkles and imperfections than a pristine young woman and child. Consequently this project took me longer than I had anticipated. I really enjoyed it, however. If I didn�t want to be tested I wouldn�t be doing this.
I have prepared an �inventory� sheet to explain the materials I used. That is the what part of the story - let me explain further the why part of the story.
I chose this pose to depict this mother and child in a natural way. She is a strong and resourceful woman caring for her baby. Her hands are under the cradleboard not to hold it up but to connect her to him even while being carried on her back � he�s in good hands and he knows it. Sort of like a mother in my culture placing a small mirror to keep eye contact with junior in the rear car seat.
The steel hearts and locks in the mother and her child were not placed randomly. Their hearts are already joined as only a mother and her baby�s can be. There is another story at work involving the hearts and also the door knob and plate at the sternum of the woman, Kwanita (�God is gracious�). Notice the lock is unlocked in the child, Tiponi (�child of importance�) but not so with Kwanita. Tiponi�s heart is open. Jesus explained it this way, �Let the children come to me. Don�t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn�t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.�. Luke 18:16-17. Tiponi�s faith and trust in her, the only God he knows, is pure and absolute. He has no guile. Kwanita is facing another passage as well, �Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends. I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.� Revelation 3:20. It is significant that God patiently taps at the door of our heart, for a while, waiting for us to open it. Notice the knob is only on the inside. He could break down the door but what kind of god would force you to love him? Not the God I know and love.
Fabricated one of a kind