The Awakening (Ezekiel's Valley of Dry Bones)
Date: December 2020
Material: Forest of Dean Sandstone
Dimensions: 120cm x 60cm x 82cm
This was going to be a man kneeling for Black Lives Matter but I felt he was from a more ancient time. The sculpture made me think about the Old Testament story from the Book of Ezekiel (Chapter 37) where the prophet Ezekiel is told by God to prophesy to the valley of dry bones. These bones are of those who were slain. He prophesied that they would listen and be formed. They come together… bones, tendons, flesh and breath… to form a living army. This sculpture might be the first warrior. I carved a skull at his feet to show he came from death. The name was difficult. I didn’t want him to be seen as a crusader, as the battle is spiritual to love others as we love ourselves, violence is not the way. This sculpture for me is a symbol of hope. Life out of death. Very pertinent for these times. A metaphor of our rising up with new life to bring change, a new way to be, during growing troubles.
Date: February 2021
Material: White Alabaster
Dimensions: 30cm x 33cm x 16cm
This piece could have been titled in anticipation of all the grandparents who, since February 2020, haven't been able to be with their grandchildren due to the Covid lock down. But it is a reminder of the fleeting nature of life. How we are all born, age and finally depart.
Angel and child
Date: August 2021
Dimensions: 96cm x 26cm x 16cm
This sculpture shows a child stretching upwards to an angelic being. The child is mainly in blue marble and wearing a soiled t-shirt. The child is holding something in their hand which seems to be tied to their wrist. The child’s fingers touch the angel’s hair. The angelic being has white wings with a natural brown trim. The angel’s hair falls from a circle of golden orange down towards the child’s head.
We hear of so many stories on the news about children in damaging circumstances not of their choosing: Even today was a report from Afghanistan that six children killed in an airstrike in the Afghan capital of Kabul with an appeal from Save the Children for both sides to protect youngsters caught up in the fighting.
A measure of society is how we treat and care for our children, those who are most vulnerable in humanity. Do our children have the sustenance, support, protection and the guidance they need?
In Mathew 18:10 it is implied that there are angelic beings who represent ‘the little ones’ to God - “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven”.
When I was at secondary school, I had to catch two buses to get across the city the change being at Bradford Interchange. As I was running across the bus lanes in order to catch my bus home (the Tyersal 630) I heard somebody call my name, ‘Deborah’. I turned left and then right to see who it could be, but the whole of the bus shed was completely empty. As I turned my head forwards, my hair was sucked into a vortex of air created by a passing bus. If I hadn’t heard that voice, I would have undoubtably been seriously, if not fatally, injured. Afterwards, I sat on my bus shaking with shock.
My neighbour said, quite appropriately, that the title of the sculpture could have been, ‘Someone to watch over me’.