$100, 000 AUD whole installation
This piece is a memorial to a family tragedy that also invokes the tragic history of the Jews in Europe. Growing up as a teenager in Germany in the 1970’s the division and annexation of the East was not overtly discussed but ever present under the surface.
My main teacher fostered and allowed satirical creativity to emerge in our drama group.
The motif of a horse is chosen in a long lineage of literary and lyrical greats (Dostoyevsky - Nick Cave) to show the suffering and subjugation of the working class.
The commonality of the experience of suffering is carried by the surgical tubing that links the horses together showing stages of acceptance, submission and re-emergence. The dominant paradigm of virility and control are also turned upside-down like an anti - Ferrari badge or to prick the sides of male bombast such as the very common sight of emperors on horseback that you see on the Brandenburg gate and other monuments throughout Europe
Through meditation in the Zen tradition I was able to be present and channel the energy of suicide. The cycle never ends but in this case the spirit emerges golden and victorious in the shadow of the mother.