BRIGID DE SAULLES : WOMAN AT THE DRYING WELL
Dimensions: 50 x 25 x 18 cm
Materials: Blackened clay, steel, string and cotton
Brigid makes table top sized sculptures with clay, attaching significant snatches of stories through decorating them with colour and complementary materials. Brigid wonders about the psychological and spiritual processes involved during the ‘creative flow’, through our desire to create and leave our mark in this world. This appears to be a most primal instinct and continues to be both elevating, perplexing and important to us.
‘Water Carrier with Staff’ is a wooden puppet made by William Simmonds and dressed by his wife Eve, made for their puppet theatre shows in the 1920s–1940s. A puppet carries a very powerful symbolism. Puppetry is the art of the intermediary, a means of saying something very personal without ever revealing oneself. Puppets are used in play therapy to help explain difficult stories. The issues of attachment are very real and psychologically laden. Strings might be invisible or become heavy restrictive ropes.
‘Woman at the Drying Well’ documents the harsh reality for many women and children whose role it is, today and for all their tomorrows, who are bound to collect the daily water for their families and therefore leaving them unable to get an education to enable a brighter future.