Gray Horses explores the emotional boundaries defined by childhood and adulthood, not as mutually exclusive states, but as unfixed points on a spectrum. Breyer Database uses the framework of data collection to revisit objects of childhood through adult eyes. Conversely, both 37 Horses and Dolly use symbolism deeply rooted in personal childhood identity to view the complex, adult realities of mortality, loss and depression.
Historically, the Westernized image of the horse is that of strength, power and masculinity. Gray Horses counters this historic narrative of hegemonic anthropomorphism by engaging emotional complexity, fragility and empathy; less idealized, but integral parts of our interconnected history with the horse and subsequently its image.
Gray Horse: Dolly
102” x 108”
Charcoal and dirty Gamsol on paper
37 Gray Horses for Jeff
35 blind relief prints on gray Rives BFK paper and 2 blank pages
The work is ongoing in nature; every year a new blank page will be added, representing a year without my father.