Artist & Photographer:
“The Girl With 7 Horses”
“Once upon a time there was a girl who had 7 invisible horses. People thought she was crazy and that she in fact had 7 imaginative horses, but this was not the case. When autumn came the girl spent a whole day washing all her clothes. She hung them on a string in her garden to let the gentle autumn sun dry them. Out of nowhere, a terrible storm came and its fiercefull winds grabbed a hold of all her clothes and all seven horses (authors note: since they are invisible they obviously didn’t weigh much). The girl was devistated and spent all autumn looking for each horse spread around the country, wrapped in her clothes.”
So this whole semester I have been sharing a studio space with 20 other folks and when you share a studio space (and similar prompts from the various courses) you start to make work that bounces off of each other! Bizarrely, almost everyone’s work has contained at least two of the following : ink blobs (almost everyone), chairs, and horses. I really can’t fathom what it is about the horse - we are mostly women, so I know there were a few horse-obsessed girls in the studio, but it also just feels like a very symbolic animal for a lot of people.
Anyway I feel like I have to reblog this as obligatorily relevant to my semester, and because the photos are beautiful. I will say I think the presence of the girl is kind of unnecessary, and the accompanying story is a lot LESS interesting than the work. I’d rather see the photos and the horse shadows and maintain that dreamlike half-narrative than have the whole thing explained like a kid’s story. They are so beautiful and ghostly in their own right and the clothes have such a strong cultural reference that I don’t think it’s necessary to have someone acting around them - or to turn it into a fashion shoot for a stock white girl.
(I accidentally posted this to the wrong blog)