THE WORK HORSE
I have come to understand art as the exploration of boundaries. In architecture these boundaries are described as “edge conditions”. It is the negative space created between forms which is the essence of a building or a garden. Sculpture and painting explore these boundaries through expression (gesture or image) and emotion (memory). Lawrence Thornton’s poem talks about the image of a face and memory of a voice. Years ago the image of the work horse and small boy imprinted itself upon me. What I remember is the silent regard they had for each other; boundaries between gesture and memory.
I feel that the work horse would be a more appropriate symbol of America because it represents the grueling physical labor that went into building the agrarian economy which is the true back bone of our heritage.
“Who knows where memory begins? Who can say where the vibrant voice becomes an echo, the face so vividly intertwined on the retina, a fading copy in the mind.”
*Under the Gypsy Moon