Ann Pamintuan, Horses, stainless steal wire, 2013, 220x200x70 cm
Beauty is in simplicity, in rawness and elegance, without
excessive effort around a beautiful look. That's the basic thing about all these 13 horses.
They look like they were made of anything but wire. If you move closer you can see they are not one solid piece of sculpture — they are metal wires that make up the muscular bodies of the horses, and even thinner threads are those that make up the manes and tails of the horses.
The artist Ann Tiukinhoy Pamintuan said: "The most expensive among the metals is stainlesssteel, which I used for the maneand tail. For some horses, we used copper. We did our own finishing to make sure they won’t rust. I was doing the finishing myself for one horse."
The horses are in different degrees of movement. One horse is in the process of kneeling, as if competing in dressage, another has its front legs up in the air and it is easy to imagine the accompanying neigh, and many are galloping with their steel manes seemingly riding in the wind, creating the illusion of movement and softness. Each horse has its own distinctive character and unique look — and to think they don’t even have eyes. Artist presented herself like a horse positioned in the corner, looking shy.
The horse from our collection is a wild one, unstable and unbridled, but also pensive and somewhere between two extremness. It even appears to be depressed but at the same time as one with unbridled power. Like someone who is struggling with the duality of his nature, trying to overcome the crude in himself.