Every month, we’re dusting off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This month, it’s a sculpture that takes a no-holds-barred look at a crisis that touched the nation.
There is something about this sculpture that sticks in the memory.
At a glance, it seems slight and brittle. The concave figure looks like it might snap in two. The head is twisted to one side in exhaustion – with the palms held up. The viewer’s eye flows down the body to the woman’s feet, where a small child lies: curled up and weak.
In fact, the sculpture is made from heavy bronze, measuring 65 by 34 centimetres across.
Its title is ‘Famine’. More