African Woman – Ma Mere ($1950)

‘African Woman –Ma Mere’ is a large (2.1m) figurative sculpture which is a testimony to the courage, tenacity and strength of African mothers; her powerful muscular figure is clearly feminine including a belly swollen with new life – an individual, a mother, a pillar of her household and community. Feminine power and wisdom has long been a theme in Issa’s work and pays homage to his mother, grandmother, sisters and artistic mentor Michelle.
The work is created from mild steel, rusted to the desired patina and then sealed to prevent further rusting.