never to be UNDONE "Malala Yousafzai"
Medium:Stained and Glazed Stoneware
Ceramic bust of a woman wearing a head covering that wraps around her shoulders and face. "Fabric" has a floral pattern on it with red and blue flowers and leaves.
"Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was awarded the prize along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was named by her father after a legendary 19th Century Pashtun warrior heroine, Malalai of Maiwund. Her father being an educator, she understood the value of education, especially for women, while living in Pakistan after the Taliban occupation. When Malala was 11 years old, the Taliban banned girls from attending school. This fueled her drive to promote girls' education around the world. "I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only education our minds, but our hearts and our souls." Creating a bust of Malala Yousafzai was a great challenge and honor. I wanted to communicate the importance of this living hero, but at the same time depict her as a young girl who has sacrificed much. She shows her physical injuries in her eyes- one eye being larger than the other. She continues to work to bring peace and education to girls aorund the world. Never to be UNDONE." - Leanne Schnepp