Girls Can Do Anything
Julie Jones Denkers
Sponsored by: Castle Wood Village
“The girl represents women struggling to reach their full potential. Equipped with boots, spurs and reins, this “in control” youngster shows a determined expression. In contrast, the pig, wondering what has happened, brings to mind those situations stifling the human spirit.”
Figurative and fantastical both, Jones Denkers’ tongue in cheek sculpture is sure to delight Sculpturewalk viewers. While not completely unimaginable, it is something you are unlikely to see, which only gives added credence to the title of this imaginative and wonderfully sculpted bronze.
Girls Can Do Anything depicts a young girl riding a pig. Her hands clench both ends of a rope attached to a bridle, her jeans are tucked into her cowboy boots – complete with spurs – and her bow adorned pigtails fly behind her. She straddles the insouciant, wondering hog, completely in charge and enjoying the ride. There is a bit more to the sculpture than that though.
“This is one of those pieces that started off having a very personal meaning for me, and ended up being a piece that speaks to a variety of people in a broad sense,” says Jones Denkers. “The girl represents women and more broadly humanity; our struggles for self-actualization, our potential.
“She is cute yet determined, young yet capable….equipped with cowboy boots, spurs and reins ready to take on the situation/life. The pig (although one of my favorite creatures in reality) in this sense represents those who say we can’t do something, can’t be something. He is symbolic of those in life who strive to stifle or limit our human potential.”
Jones Denkers’ sculptures celebrate life; they have won numerous awards for their beautiful imagery, and innate ability to do just that. Improbable as a young girl riding a pig might seem, in her mind’s eye it’s entirely possible – she effortlessly captures the joy and pleasures of life lived here. It is a constant in every piece she meticulously sculpts.