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The horse and the brick were both fundamental in the development of civilization. My work embodies the intersection of the two, compounding material and subject. It is not my goal to illustrate the romantic or heroic image of the horse. Instead I am reconfiguring the equestrian monument without the question of who holds the power. I am dissecting the monument as a symbol in culture while bringing my understanding and experience with the horse as a sentient animal. I am not merely pursuing a fixed image of the horse. I am exploring how movement is experienced over time with ceramics materiality and using archaic visual language. I want viewers to engage with kinetic materiality through my sculptures. In spending time with these objects, viewers are invited to transcend the static and investigate embodiment, change, the third space, ephemerality, empathy, and the gigantic.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.
MFA thesis, Ceramic Art, Horse, Movement, Kinetic Materiality