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Darkhorse

Artwork Description

DARKHORSE, 2014
Bronze on Stainless steel base
Edition of 12
550 x 130 x 485 mm

 

Dark Horse, through a South African lens, parodies famed political public sculptures of leaders triumphantly riding horseback. The absent masculine supremacist questions the notion of power and of which driving which. Is the trusty stead left behind and abandoned or set free?

This pastoral animal is caught in the liminal which reinforces this questioning. It seems to be caught between ascending and descending, perfection and decay and even life and death. Does the regal hegemony’s absence imply the loss and demise of the loyal horse’s role or simply that of a stallion free from bondage, able to harness its raw power without corruption? This is the brink of liminal balance on which this sculpture depends.

 

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