Mundaring: Art for the horse in Habits of Horses: Serious Horsing Around exhibition


Sculptor Marcia Espinosa with her ceramic work The Protector, inspired by a Chilean tradition. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d471723
Sculptor Marcia Espinosa with her ceramic work The Protector, inspired by a Chilean tradition. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d471723

THE relationship between humans and horses is explored in two art exhibitions at Mundaring Arts Centre.

Twelve contemporary WA artists have contributed a range of artworks, personal histories and cultural insights for The Habits of Horses: Serious Horsing Around.

Artist Marcia Espinosa’s piece The Protector was inspired by childhood memories of a traditional Chilean religious celebration, where local priests would leave the church to give communion to those that were sick or unable to go to mass on Easter Sunday.

“The priest in his journey is protected by hundreds of men on horses, forming a large procession of strong religious faith,” she said.

Other artworks depict the significance of horses in various cultures including Japanese, Latvian and Greco-Roman mythology.

The centre is also hosting community art exhibition Horse Tales, with pieces created by school students and adults in workshops run by professional artists.

It features a ‘paddock’ of sculpted hay horses, a wall-mounted mob of brumbies made from found objects, and sculptures and jewellery incorporating horse hair.

The exhibitions anchor the larger Habits of Horses project running from August 20 to September 10, which also comprises workshops, a community open day and temporary installation of large-scale horse sculptures at Mundaring Sculpture Park.