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Five in Combat


  Family and motherhood are important themes to Nannette.
Five in Combat is a metaphor for the many roles a woman may have to assume at any one time in her life.
  The five figures, in this sculpture, fight for acknowledgment and position; to be mother, spouse, nurturer, worker, and all else.

  Five in Combat
began with two clay female nudes, one 7" and the other 8" in length.
  After making a rubber mold of each, and filling them with wax, Nannette manipulated the reproductions into five distinctive figures (two small, three large). The determining factor, in each nude’s demeanor and how it was placed, was creative aesthetics. The relationships between the figures and Nannette's psyche were not contemplated until after Five in Combat was cast and completed. Only then, did Nannette realize that each figure reflected a single facet of her life, and that all were vying for the best position.


Five in Combat, 1986, 10"x11"x10"



The pregnant figure (above), represents Motherhood. She is central to the total piece, as she pushes up to fight off the larger more-imposing figures. These larger figures are one's various responsibilities that are juggled in life. 

Even though the top figure is the smallest, it symbolizes the mother-instinct which overtakes the mind and body and gives this figure its strength to attack the larger figure, who is perched atop the pregnant-bottom figure.


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