1999 - cement; gold leaf
The larger than life-size 'Inua 'silently and humbly stands in front of the viewer with hands open, palms forward. A nude female figure, she is seen to be timeless, no garments or hairstyle tying her to an identifiable period, though the stillness of her upright stance brings to mind Egyptian and medieval statuary. The work is executed in cement, roughly textured on the surface, with an interior of gold revealed through openings in the face and hands. To the artist, gold, a precious element treasured throughout the ages, represents the interior human spirit shining forth from the grey shell of the body. 'Inua', a term borrowed from the peoples of Greenland, means personification.
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