There are three orphaned children with this storyteller. The third child is sprawled against her back as he listens to the tale she is telling. This kindly woman warms the hearts of these sad children everyday as they pass hours in the hot dry village of their birth.
Although I made this sculpture long before I went to Laos, it is easy to imagine this woman being in one or more of the small villages that I visited there. In fact, I did “see” her, but she was wearing cooler clothes.