When Photographer Eadweard Muybridge asked the question in 1872, “do all four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time?" the human eye was unable to detect what photography would soon confirm - yes, they do!
In this crude, kinetic work, I fashioned my favourite tree branches (I collect them) with a hinge that would collapse when it hit the ground creating the illusion of a trotting horse! I simply love making things move and the marionette is inspiration for this piece. The legs are connected with a wooden dowel through a tongue and groove joint, (along with metal screws and leather) that secure it to soldered copper pipe. Two small 12-volt rotating motors (the same motor that activates the power windows in your car) power the circular motion.
The slow, repetitive movement of the “horse legs” brings to mind aging and the repetition that is characteristic of both trauma and the banal (like domestic chores). Freud’s article on the uncanny and Victor Frankl’s Existential Vacuum were also inspirational texts that influence and inspired this and other works.
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