Like Storm Man, this work is a homage to the survival of humanity in the face of the destruction wreaked by the Second World War. Characteristic of Richier’s sculpture are her expressive use of the bronze medium, with its pock-marked surfaces, and her insistently figurative subject matter. The heavily-worked surfaces suggest her affinity to contemporary gestural abstract painting. However, Richier believed that in order to be effective art should not ‘withdraw from expression’, since ‘we decidedly cannot conceal human expression in the drama of our time’.
Gallery label, July 2008