Napoleon Abueva has explored the inexhabustible possibilities of motherhood imageries.
The theme of motherhood, or the archetype of the mother, is present throughout his oeuvre, and serves as a good point of comparison for his varied techniques: this work represents a mother breastfeeding her child. The honest and simple representation is emboldened by the inherent qualities of the wood. The work conveys the pride of motherhood and relationship between mother and child in all their glory. The sculpture combines strong planes (legs, arms and neck) with curves (the heads and skirt), conveying a powerful image of maternal bonds.
If art has the power to represent images as truth, for many artists, the subject of motherhood is connected to deep complex feelings about maternal bonds with children. Alice Guillermo notes that in motherhood themes: “Woman…becomes Woman with a capital W, the eternal and universalizing idea … so that while the woman is celebrated, she is at the same time turned into a creature of myth.”