1995 - metal: bronze
In Gary Wertheim's work, 'The Family', he portrays a mother, a father, and a child. The mother and father merge into one another--a single family unit, parents embracing their child. Wertheim represents the mother with traditional values. She is the center of the piece, with a round figure. Her hips are the widest part of her body which suggests a certain predisposition for child bearing. Father, being the protector and provider of the family, has his arms surrounding both mother and child. Each figure flows into one, suggesting wholeness and solidity as would the perfect family. His figures are of simple form and together they form a natural harmony.