CERES was the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She has a presence in this artwork, one of the finest smaller scale examples of this monumental sculptor’s skill and versatility.
The artist describes its origin: “In 2006 I undertook a commission for Keith, a small town in the Moray council area in north east Scotland. One of the works I made was a stone carving of a stylised sheaf of barley which is sited close to Strathisla distillery. When working out how to carve the many ears of grain I revisited Kellie Castle to look at Hew Lorimer’s figurative carving of the goddess Ceres holding a sheaf with gilded ears of barley, on display in what was his studio. My carving CERES in Lime wood also references Lorimer’s approach.” – Marion Smith RSA