Carousel to Warhorse

The term carousel is from the 11th century. The equine qualities of poise, balance and strength led Turkish and Arabian horsemen to train them for military use. Initially only used by royalty and hidden behind fortress walls, the combat preparation exercise and game called carousel was developed to train war horses. The term was coined by the Crusaders from the Spanish carosella or ?little war?. We now know it as dressage, the equestrian ballet where natural movement is the foundation of training and tact and empathy are used rather than force?.
A symbol of power, horses inspire strong feelings of both wonder and fear. Nothing
Is more quick and graceful than a horse. They submit to the rein yet still retain their
nobility and patience.
Sue Fraser?s art is sourced from both historical and personal experiences. Each equine sculpture combines the language of the vessel and a symbolic language of decorative elements, colour and form. Notions of female identity and place in society are mirrored in the horses?, ?bound feet? and large bellies. Each has an expressive quality captured as a fleeting moment in time.

Fragility and strength are qualities inherent in both ceramics and horses. For Sue the act of riding and making art is an expression of freedom, time is forgotten the senses take over where rhythm, feel and balance give life and expression to the clay.


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