Lisa Ashcroft

8 January, 2024

The sculpture honors the Biblical Scripture as a tribute to commemorate my father’s achievements following his passing in 2022. Working the clay proved to be a cathartic experience, resonating with my father’s life as a stonemason and builder.

The sculpture is a metaphor for change and the theme illustrates the narrative of the fragility of life. In the fictional piece, the deity is assigned the role of safeguarding the manchineel from human consumption to maintain balance in the world. Death, spirituality, and the human condition are linked through the recognition of the natural cycles of life and death, but it is how we act now as humans for future environmental equilibrium. It is my humble hope that this piece prompts critical conversations about the guardianship of our planet.