Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Barbara Hepworth contributed a heavenly abode in the garden. All Barbara Hepworth's work was about her womb, post birth. The hole in all her sculptures represents the womb of a woman after birth, a celebration of the living. Hepworth loved you touching her divinely formed sculptures that were also about the man and the woman but the male and female self, an unconsciously divine right. The Spring garden at St. Ives Tate Museum constructed by staff there is an extraordinary place to visit. Hepworth mainly had to sell her own pieces from her garden, this must have been a nice place to do business. The garden too would have represented the womb and is surrounded by a high stonewall, full of plants strategically placed as part of her design. The liberation of the female past her natural youth has never been quite so abundantly celebrated. Like Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth too celebrated the internal sensual life of a female artist, some male artists have also taken us there by celebrating the goddess within. The hollow in the centre of all Hepworth's works gives us the air we breathe, the Christian breath.