Drawn by Filipino culture, values, and traditions, Michael Cacnio is considered a pillar of social realism in Philippine Sculpture. He first debuted as a painter then found his calling in sculpting brass. The central themes of his works are relatable, from the concepts of family and community to human nature—also inspired by his childhood in Malabon. Cacnio’s Mother and Child series are his deep, powerful renditions of a mother’s love in bright color evoked by the brass, world-class works sought after by various art collectors. In this particular sculpture, the graceful mother, as if dancing with the child in her parental devotion, is elegant in form. The child captured in mid-air is depicted in a carefree moment, trusting the mother’s grip.