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The title refers to the legend of Akua from Ghana, in which an infertile woman was instructed by a priest to care for a wooden doll as if it were a real child so that she might conceive. The acacia is native to Africa but this piece of wood came from a tree that had been felled on Acacia Road near Skeaping’s studio in north London. The use of non-indigenous materials was fairly common for Skeaping and artists such as Barbara Hepworth at this time and was thought to add to the exoticism of the work.

October 2013