Maiden, Matron and Crone: Three Ages of Women
First, the Maiden: young, impressionable, all possibilities. I sculpted her as a slender column just budding with curves, her raised arms framing her head.
Then, the Matron: full-figured, patient, nurturing women-hood. This column resembles the caryatids which inspired her calm strength.
Finally, the Crones: wise with years of life, crowned and resilient, arms circling their breasts, and similar to the simple Ionic columns of ancient Greece.
These sculptures together create a Gate and a Temple. They represent the stages of life of a female, growing from youth, through middle age ( We go through their Gate) and to wise old women who guide and support their communities (We enter the Temple of Wisdom, a circle of five Crone columns.)