Tom Otterness makes abstracted figurative sculpture for public spaces, frequently addressing themes through humor, irony and satire. As such, this imagery often delivers a deeper social or political meaning. His sculptures can be found in parks, courthouses, hospitals, libraries, museums, and subway stations across America and Europe. The artist’s use of basic shapes and the whimsical nature of his sculptures are inspired in part by comic book and game imagery. Mad Mom signals the universal authority of mothers and their uncanny ability to clearly show approval or disapproval.
Tom Otterness. Mad Mom, 2001. Bronze, 119 x 66 x 49.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Tom Otterness.