Horse as Metaphor
I am finishing off the year by completing the clay of this small horse for an edition in bronze. Each piece will be hand finished by me: chasing (cesellato) and patina. It will be a lot of work but I am looking to it. The piece is small: 28cm(h) x 30(l).
The horse, like a tree, has a very strong metaphoric force. It is one of those symbols that will have to be reinvestigated as this animal’s role in our common experience has changed drastically over the last 150 years. Its’ absence from daily urban life (and country life) only renders the horse with more spiritually charged connotations. Domesticated animals are logically a bridge to a greater nature beyond our control. That idea can also apply to our inner psychological states. Thus the antique world’s invention of the centaur to represent man’s inner animal instincts.
Coming to terms with our personal relationship to Nature is in my opinion one of the purposes of art. This kind of investigation is exactly what we need in a contemporary techno charged world.
Wishing everyone all the best for 2014.