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Horses Being Horses: Western Wild Herd

Adrienne Vittorio's avatar Adrienne Vittorio

Western Wild Herd was born by talking with a Montana wrangler, who found that the horse is viewed by what a horse can do for us. Their natural beauty and behavior is overlooked by many. In 2004 I created my first herd of near life size abstract horse sculptures that gesturally reflect horses’ instinctual behavior of interacting with one another and reacting to the environment. My 2017 herd, a band of 5, explores the connection of the horse and the cowboy culture. Natural materials of copper, wood, and twine create the gestural language, while cowhide, rhinestones, rope, and metal portray human influence. Horses have this incredible gestural language that we as humans misinterpret into being a part of our own language and behaviors. We tend to view horses as being at our disposal and forget that horses are animals that survive by being true to their own nature. Do we as humans truly understand and appreciate horses for themselves or their ability to adapt to our demanding commands?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2'
  • Medium: copper, wood, jute twine, leather, and metal
  • Width: 4' to 5'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 4' to 5'