The Amazing Race48''x 108''
Oil & Gold-leaf
This body of work began when I first saw the four larger than life bronze horses in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. As tourists were causally stopping by to take a quick photo of these enormous horses, I stood there in awe not only of their beauty, but in thinking of how much these sculptures have traveled.
In history, these magnificent sculptures are thought to be from Constantinople, seized by Napoleon, and finally returned to Venice. They played an active symbolic role in in changing the European landscape. In admiring the strength and grandeur of these sculptures, it was as if I had never seen a horse before; the sculptures had so much to say and for a brief moment I was in my own world.
For centuries artists have been painting and sculpting horses, however I had not appreciated their endeavors in communicating to us the horse’s monumental importance in the development of the human race. In our modern fast paced world we have quickly forgotten how indebted we are to this one animal.
I reveal and remind others of how horses were instrumental in shaping our world. They symbolize the spirit within each of us and represent the ideal of individualist freedom- the freedom you would like to feel inside yourself.