The Young Arabian. Colt for bronze
This is a horse sculpture created by artist Heather Jansch. Unlike tradition Sculptures, this artist constructs them from different pieces of driftwood. Struken and Cartwright said “We are surrounded by images that play with representation”, and I chose this sculpture because I think it interestingly plays off of the perspective of realistic art with some abstract aspects. I find it realistic in a sense because at first glance most people can conclude that this sculpture is unmistakably a horse. Struken and Cartwright state that in order for visual art to be considered “realistic” it depicts the objects as how it would be seen by the naked eye. For this particular sculpture the shape and placement of the wood throughout depicts a standing horse with ears up and alert, and tail slightly elevated. This gives a sense of life and motion to the sculpture as if the tail was moving, and the ears are focused in on something. The legs are positioned in a naturalistic way making them look movable and not stiff since the back feet are slightly diagonal. These sculptures are also created to represent the actual size of a horse. All of these things help give the sculpture character and make it more lifelike.
As for the abstract part, it is not a typical stone or clay representation of a horse. Struken and Cartwright define abstract art as art that represent objects but by abstracting different aspects of them. This sculpture was created by careful placement of driftwood. In a sense this sculpture reminds me of cubism. Cubism is the placement of planar shapes to make an image and this sculpture was created out of careful placement of differently shaped driftwood. The more you examine this sculpture the more your point-of-view between realistic and abstract shifts.