Hepworth’s work is renowned around west Yorkshire. Some of her work is exhibited in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. All these sculptures referenced nature and she was also influenced by the theme of Mother and Child.
As a mother of three, she never gave up her work – quite the contrary, she became more stimulated by the revolution of birth and how a child is in the bounds of the womb. She produces round pure form with a real unity and her harmony with her work captivates the viewer.
Swirling whirlpools of glossy and shiny marble pull you in and give you the feeling of calmness. You want to touch the slick and silk-like stone.
Carving Icon II out of solid marble takes a huge bolt of confidence and precision. The beautiful form takes on different shapes as you walk round. Light bounces off and gives a different perspective to its shape. The indentations on the side of the form make you observe at different angles and you can see diversity.
Shapes of faces come to my attention. There is also a steady flow of balance and unbroken composure. This is a difficult work to comment on as it is so abstract. Maybe it conjures up ideas of the solid forms contains and projects emptiness. Maybe it conjures up ideas of solid forms contained, like the womb in tune with her mother and child bond which also shows in her other sculptures.
Part of the sculptures and surroundings looks like something that I might pick up – but it would be too heavy. I’m drawn by the different surfaces, carved. She sliced it like cutting butter. I wonder if it’s complete. It has a sense of form emerging. The whiteness suggesting purity. This cool and self confident form is what Hepworth is all about. She made over 600 sculptures with dignified skill and composure.