Expecting Twins started out as a non-functional sculpture, but in 2007, I decided to change the piece
a bit just for fun. She then became a functional art work - as bookends. The idea is basically the same, but I
replaced the heavy limestone base with two hand-finished pieces of Texas mesquite (a hardwood). Since the mother's back was
already straight and made of bronze, I felt no aesthetic or functional reason to add a backboard to hold up books.
I hope that you enjoy the new look. The images below give you more angles of the sculpture so that you know
what you are adding to your art collection.
Thanks again for your interest.
Expecting Twins -- Original Art
Expecting Twins is a different kind of bronze sculpture from the work previously
created. When I heard that one of the models in Austin, Texas, was pregnant and interested in
posing for sculpture, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. After the first session
with the young mother, I thought about changes I could make to the composition that would play with shapes
a bit more than simply "reproducing" a pose. My adored triangles helped me out again, asking to
take a more obvious role than before.
Although the model was propped up on pillows, I decided to cast the rounded figure twice and
let each one rest against the back of the other. This left a small triangle of air nestled
inside of the larger triangle of the seated maternal figures. The left hand and right foot of each figure
extend beyond the limestone base. The triangular composition for
the maternity theme seemed a nice contrast to the roundness of her belly and the title
Expecting Twins is intended as a pun.
While considering the expression on the new mother's face, I decided to close the eyes and
create a very slight smile to convey contentment and even the idea of the pregnant woman having
a secret of sorts. The young mother who modeled for this sculpture is having her second child
and posed for this sculpture during her seventh month of pregnancy.