Olive Martin was sentenced to life for killing and dismembering her mother and sister, earning herself the nickname the Sculptress. The way in which she mutilated the bodies was horrific but in a crude sense artistic (like a Sculptress). In addition, Olive is also dubbed "the Sculptress" for the crude wax and clay figures she moulds in her cell of imaginary people as well as people she is familiar with (pg 97).
“Olive began to mould
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investigates Olive's allegation that her father and a male neighbour were having an affair. As we learn more about Olive the book begins to unravel and it is like forming the clay into something that is actually distinguishable.
There are many as to why Olive Martin is characterise as the sculptress. Although, the main significant reason as to why she is called the sculptress is due to the fact of how the novel is structured.