Hortence Brouwn, The big mama, 1998. Bronze statue, height: 151 cm. Located at Museum Kurá Hulanda in Curaçao. Hortence Brouwn recently made another Big mama in concrete (2013), which is located at Pietermaai, under a big shady tree.
The Big mama statues by Hortence are immensely popular. Big mama’s, with a rollers in the hair, and sometimes wearing a headscarf. Seated snugly and a little bit pensive, you always find them where you left them. In all their plainness, they’re a symbol of the matriarchal society of Curaçao.
Although her Big mama’s can be exceptionally large, on the whole the fuller figured women are a source of inspiration for Hortence. Her sculptures show women with with curves in all kinds of poses like dancing, embracing, reclining, or just showing of their beauty.