Mother and Child by Diane LeMarbe

Mother and Child by Diana LeMarbe

We are currently auctioning a new work of sculpture by local artist Diana LeMarbe. Bids can be submitted by email until 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 6. The sculpture, entitled Mother and Child, will be on display from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM at the Give Grandly fundraising event in conjunction with the Silver City Farmer’s Market opening. Silent bids will be taken during this event; a winner will be determined at 1:00 PM. The proceeds of the sale will support community development programs in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Bidding for the statue which is valued at $350 will begin at $200. Bidders can submit bids to The most current high bid for the statue is posted and continuously updated here on our website. The successful bidder can make arrangements with us to pick up the statue.

Mother and Child

The Mother and Child statue is made of fiber impregnated clay, a versatile medium which does not require firing. This piece was created as part of a September 2016 exhibition that honored women as the matrix of all societies. Women, says LeMarbe, hold together their families, communities and societies.

The statue is 18 inches high, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep and weighs a substantial 5 pounds. It’s built on a foundation of rebar which facilitates its secure transport. See an album of photo images of the piece at the conclusion of this article. The detail and interesting use of color is remarkable.

LeMarbe likes to recall one response to the Mother and Child:

A young woman came to me asking about the piece, saying that she was mother to a daughter. She saw herself in this sculpture. And, she also saw herself and her mother, her grandmother, her tia, etc. She felt the continuum.”

Border Partners’ mission is consonant with this vision of women. We affirm the importance of offering a means to women to improve their lives. Much of our programming fulfills this purpose.

Diana LeMarbe, the Artist

Diana LeMarbe migrated to New Mexico by way of Alaska from her native Pacific Northwest in 1979. She holds the land and people of New Mexico with awe, reveling in its diversity of cultures. A tile maker and sculptor, she chooses clay as her principle medium, with the relatively new fiber clay fast becoming her favorite. LeMarbe donated Mother and Child to Border Partners to support our programming in Palomas which supports so many women and children.

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