'Birth of the Messenger'
1998 - stone: Barre granite
Viewed from the front, 'Birth of the Messenger', carved from gray granite, portrays the head and torso of a nude female figure who is pregnant. With softened contours, she emerges almost ghost-like from an arched niche, a traditional architectural recess built into a wall to display statues. The artist depicts the "messenger" coming into the human world through "conventional" means--through a woman’s body, which can also be seen as a kind of niche. On the opposite side of the work, a male figure is enclosed in an upward oriented niche, as if dropped there by God. The figurative and architectural elements of the composition pay tribute to the history of sculpture. The use of stone, a universal medium from which a multitude of statues and monuments have been made, further adds to this continuum.