Carstenson, Cecil C.
Curly robusta on walnut base
37 x 14 x 8
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the artist and Blanche Carstenson
Not Currently on Display
About the Artwork
The Earth Mother is a theme of basic life. She is primordial form. Many would think this piece is a modernistic glob, but there is a lot of anatomy in it despite its abstraction. It is pregnant, fertile, and full in the pelvic mass. The protrusions are female and fecund, of that there is no doubt. Formless as it may appear, the anatomy is there. If a line were dropped from the pit of the throat—and even that obscure area’s placement is fairly obvious—it would fall directly over the ankle. Anatomy lives, even in a bulbous Earth Mother.
The Craft and Creation of Wood Sculpture
Dover Publications, NY, 1981