|The Mighty Lioness by Donna Dodson|
The Mighty Lioness, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and probably weighs more than a ton. I’m not sure if she ever stepped on a scale, frankly. And yes, I jest. But, please while you’re walking around Open Studios this weekend, or when you come down to SoWa for one of our events or just to peruse, please stop by and visit. And take a picture, because TheMighty Lioness will only be with us for 7 or 8 months, before she heads off to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA.
According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French.
And, so, in May, along with a group of other Sculptors from the Boston Sculptors Gallery, this piece will travel to Chesterwood, the historic home of Chester French, the creator of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery
Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.
“My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”
From her bio: “Donna has been carving images out of wood for nearly 20 years. Her sculptures explore feminine beauty and evoke humor and playfulness but also grace, power and emotional strength. Her unique vision responds to the relation of animals to the human spirit that have existed since ancient times. Her figures are almost always female and range in size from the intimate to the monumental.”
A Monument to the First Female President of the USA by Donna Dodson, 13 ft tall, poplar wood, paint, 2014. Courtesy of GTI Properties, Mario Nicosia, V. Lessard & Sons and The Boston Sculptors Gallery.