The girl stands, relaxed as if looking out to sea, and the rock base would suggest she may have been intended to be within this type of environment. The back of the work is rather crude even if it depicts the loose dress the girl is wearing and the whole has a deliberate rather unfinished feel and the overall finish is that of faux bronze. It is possible that this could be a student work, but we do feel the rather instinctual and spontaneous execution points to a talented artist.
The style of this work is not dissimilar to the sculptures of Georg Ehrlich [1897-1966] who worked a lot in England and we wonder if he had been an influence on our artist. A terracotta bust of the adolescent Alan Clark, dating from 1943 is very similar in its style and execution to this work, featuring those ‘non-eyes’, which recur in Ehrlich’s sculptures, either scratched out as in the bust of Britten or as little scooped-out hollows as we see here. The absence of the windows of the soul is perhaps a little disconcerting and in this instance it makes the viewer aware of the vulnerability of the subject, which seems a prominent characteristic as Ehrlich specialised in children and animals, both of which are innocent and vulnerable to a certain extent, a quality we see here.
This wonderfully memorable and fluid piece feels as though she has, just this very minute, risen from a corner of the artists mind into a beautifully realised piece of sculpture.