Father and Child

For the last 3 months I’ve been a student on a weekly stone carving course in Over, a small village in Cambridgeshire with Living Stone sculpture. 

The artist and tutor Anine Cockwell De Jong has had her work shown in The Natural Eye, the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Gallery in London. Her work has also featured at the Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition in Cambridgeshire. As a tutor she ‘let me play’ with having a go at stone carving and on week one I had to choose my stone which I would then spend nearly 20 hours carving. 

It may sound strange, but I was drawn to this stone and being somewhat influenced by Henry Moore’s work I somehow saw the potental for a ‘Mother and child’ Moore type shape: 

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It was only after 7 weeks or so that a strange shape appeared on the right arm of the sculpture and Anine declared ‘It’s a Father and child!’

The timing was extrordinary as in the day I had spent time with The Light Project team in Peterborough and we had studied Psalm 32 together. In verses 7-11 it declares:

You are my hiding place. You keep me safe from trouble. All around me are your songs of being made free.

I will show you and teach you in the way you should go. I will tell you what to do with My eye upon you.  Do not be like the horse or the donkey which have no understanding. They must be made to work by using bits and leather ropes or they will not come to you.  Many are the sorrows of the sinful. But loving-kindness will be all around the man who trusts in the Lord.  Be glad in the Lord and be full of joy, you who are right with God! Sing for joy all you who are pure in heart!

As a team we were struck by the sense of God ‘surrounding us.’ The sculpture seemed to also speak of being fully encompassed by God. (I know that God is niether male nor female but it felt powerful to see the tatoo-like arms of a man surrounding a small child.)

Here is the shaping and process of making the sculpure over the 3 months:

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