Carousel to War Horse
Exhibiton of New work to be presented in Murrurundi during the Upper Hunter Horse Festival and the King of the Ranges Challenge and Bush Festival 30th April - 31st May 2015.
Carousel to Warhorse 30th April - 31st May 2015
My work explores relationships between horses and humans where I adopted a symbolic language of decorative elements. Colour form and stylised plant and floral motifs combine with sprigs, bound tails and plaited manes, ideas taken from the rules of equitation, to develop my these equine forms.
The influence of the horse in history and today from Fantasy to Dressage
The term carousel is from the 11th century. The equine qualities of poise, balance and strength led Turkish and Arabian horsemen to train them for military use. Initially only used by royalty and hidden behind fortress walls, the combat preparation exercise and game called carousel was developed to train war horses. The term was coined by the Crusaders from the Spanish carosella or ?little war?. We now know it as dressage, the equestrian ballet where natural movement is the foundation of training and tact and empathy are used rather than force?. ...
"Dark Night Shining Bright" by SueFraser
1 December to 30 December 2014 at The Art CUBE, Foyer, Byron Shire Council, Mullumbimby ...
I have made two groups of eight horses in sculptural form. In the past power and wealth was acquired by conquest on horseback by those with the most swift and powerful steads. Today, in China, horses are auspicious symbols of economic prosperity often depicted as eight together in sculptures and painting. My horses bound and gambol on carousels and fly through the air, symbols of currency and good fortune.
Sites to visit
Wilson Art Award
Gangin International Artists Exhibition
National Association of Visual Arts