Carel Visser’s expressive sculpture Mother and Child (2001) is an assemblage of various found objects and scrap metal cast in bronze. The individual elements remain recognisable: a folded steel plate, a doll, wire, reinforcing rods, tubes and other scrap metal. Together they form an associative whole representing two figures: a mother and her child.
The mother is made up of rough and angular forms with a wild hairdo of reinforcing rods. A whisk lies at her feet. The mother’s crude forms contrast with the smooth, round forms of the child, cast from a plastic doll. The sculpture makes a harsh impression, enhanced by the surface treatment with nitric acid.