WINTERS FIRST WARRIOR
by Edward J. Fraughton
Size: 11.25 inches high
Media: Cast Bronze
An Indian woman may have been 12 to 14 years of age when she gave birth to her first child. Hidden under the buffalo robe is a tiny child. Only its small hand is visible on her mother's neck, but the heavy hair covered hide also describes the fragile form inside. Mother want into the forest to have this child, her first, and on her face is a look of uncertainty. Having a child this early in the spring parallels that of the antilope, buffalo, deer or elk. Will it survive? That is a young mother's uncertainty. To see that it does, is her responsibility.
This work is a study in textures and abstract form. It works well because of its simplicity. The contrasting soft face against the hard rough textures and the cold frosty patina of the robe evokes a strong emotional impact.