Breaking the Chains
4 ft 2” high
A woman I worked with on a newspaper assembly line inspired this sculpture. What kept me going through the monotony of that factory job was listening to her life story – from her dysfunctional childhood to her newfound independence as a woman. Although she endured a childhood of unpredictability, hardships, and endless struggles and appeared, on the outside, to be hard as stone, she possessed an uncanny optimism for life. Her sheer determination and faith enabled her to build a home for herself and her three children. This determination also included the will to break the chains of her past and give her own children a life filled with love and protection. Her words inspired me to carve her portrait. If you look closely, you can see hands in her hair that are protecting her three little ones. The piece does not exaggerate the fierce willpower that she possessed.