Lot 23 | Auction XVII

LOT 23

(B. Kedah, 1950)

Mother and Child, 1975

Signed and dated on the bottom of the granite base
Cement and granite
Edition 4/5
31 x 15 x 21 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 6,000 – RM 8,000

Works of art that reflect the mother-and-child theme evoke specific responses from observers – be it personal or through the artist himself. Most mother-and-child art places its focus on the relationship, as seen in this sculpture. The facial features are relaxed, with their eyes close and lips prominent as per Lye Yau Fatt’s trademark style, allowing viewers to channel their own reflection and identification on the piece.

The oval-style of the sculpture that amalgamates the mother and child also represents the relationship between mother and child – unbreakable, and both seen as one.

The piece is simple, but heavy with meaning – that mothers are always holding their children close to them. The overall mood of the sculpture is sentimental and familial, while exuding both serenity and stability.