Nurture
Nurture

Ceramic, Steel & Yarn

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 "If you take your hands and put them on your head like the little boy is doing, it looks like deer antlers – it’s the same form. That's why I chose the deer over an elk or any other animal. I thought about a bear, but the deer is more elegant and less expected as a nurturing figure - especially because he's male. The materials are along the same lines as Nature, and I built them all simultaneously. The textile, steel and ceramics represent pillars in civilization. Nature and Nurture both raise us. I wanted to emphasize the idea of nurture as not to be strictly left in the realm of human compassion. Nurture doesn't necessarily mean your mother and father. So I used this large deer form to be the parenting aspect of the child that runs with him." - Cannupa Hanska  Read more in Indian Country Today   

"If you take your hands and put them on your head like the little boy is doing, it looks like deer antlers – it’s the same form. That's why I chose the deer over an elk or any other animal. I thought about a bear, but the deer is more elegant and less expected as a nurturing figure - especially because he's male. The materials are along the same lines as Nature, and I built them all simultaneously. The textile, steel and ceramics represent pillars in civilization. Nature and Nurture both raise us. I wanted to emphasize the idea of nurture as not to be strictly left in the realm of human compassion. Nurture doesn't necessarily mean your mother and father. So I used this large deer form to be the parenting aspect of the child that runs with him." - Cannupa Hanska
Read more in Indian Country Today