First Rain

First Rain (Full view), 2002
116” x 55” x 51” 
Photo: Maggie Nimkin

First Rain (Detail) 
Photo: Maggie Nimkin


In spite of the benedictory gesture, this over-life-size naked female embodies a duality of rawness and strength. The large hands carry a twofold message: it is unclear whether she is the recipient of first rain, or its creator. The quiet largeness of the gesture and the pensiveness of the posture add an element of softness, while the precarious balance over the rock and the baldness of the head point to anxiety and exposure.