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sculpture by artist Shona Nunan

Two Earth Guardians

Shona Nunan

2015

bronze

edition of 8

99 x 86 x 32 cm

€32,000

catalogue number SNS04

My Guardians have been a part of my work for many years, inspired at first from an amazing trip when I was a young girl, into the outback with my father, (who is also an artist). We discovered caves that were sacred and guarded at the entrance by formidable guardian figures. They stayed with me as an important symbol of protection and safety. My work with Guardian figures over the years have developed from almost realistic male and female figures to these forms today that resemble shield like male and female forms. My inspiration comes from African and New Guinean shields, huge New Guinean masks, leaves, shells and seed pods, sticks, and in particular for the male form, a portion of a tortoise shell, with its beautiful markings and inner rib creating its strength

 

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