Artwork of the Week: May 2nd, 2022
Joseph V. Desantis (1909-1989), Mother Holds Child #2, no date, wood, 12 x 6 x 5 7/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1990.
Carved together in a perpetual embrace, the two figures of Joseph Desantis’ wood sculpture portray the immeasurable love of a mother for her child, and the foundation she provides for their growth. With foreheads pressed together and arms wrapped around each other, the artist forms a link that cannot be broken—a love that will always endure.
By using wood for this sculpture, the artist adopts many characteristics of trees, which have strong reaching roots, provide shelter or form homes, and can be used to produce warmth. These three factors, when viewed in conjunction with the loving embrace of this sculpture, convey the life that the mother hopes to give her child. Firmly resting on her lap and in her arms, the child becomes rooted in its mother and sheltered by her body. Through her, the young child will grow and spread their own branches.
As you look at this image, consider the love and devotion that the women in your life have shown you. What sacrifices have they made for you, and how has your love for them grown because of it?
This art piece is currently in our Exhibition!