The Mighty Lioness is back! This time she resides on Thayer Street, standing tall and fabulous!
The Boss Lady, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and weighs more than a ton. Donna Dodson sculpted the her in 2014 from a single log of poplar courtesy of Lessard and Sons in Hampton NH.
According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Monument in Washington DC. We first exhibited her in Sowa in the 500 Courtyard in 2014 before it traveled to Chesterwood with the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the historic home of Daniel Chester French.
The Lioness joins 22+ new Galleries and Boutiques that recently joined the other shops and Galleries along Thayer to make for a total of over 60 Galleries and shops in addition to the 70+ Artists Studios at 450 Harrison.
Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery
Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.
Dodson has been using wood as a medium for nearly 20 years, exploring femininity, humor, grace, as well as power through beauty and emotional strength. Her unique vision reflects the relationship between humanity and an animal spirit that has existed since ancient artwork and cave-paintings.
“Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”