Prickly Pear Lady
Bronze, 74 × 80 × 75 cm
The sculpture is inspired by childhood memories of the Arab women that used to sell herbs, vine leaves, figs, and especially cactus fruit, by the small shopping center in my neighborhood. Part of the exchange was that the woman released the fruit from its hard, unpleasant, external shell to the consumers.
With replete fruit growing from her body — the abstract figure of the sculpture seated on the ground resembles in itself a “prickly pear” hedge — creating a hybrid.