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Holly Simpson

This wire piece was made to encapsulate the effects of time on Art; through bending, twisting, and curling a long singular piece of wire, over a period of 4 weeks with my own hands and metal pliers. This process would at times leave me entangled: in a seemingly never-ending heap of wire, as I physically wrestled to form the horse; a battle of patience and sheer willpower, I pondered the role of the horse within the Iron-Age. While we adore the Mystery Warrior in his majestic headdress, sharpened spear, and sturdy shield, I cannot help but feel sorrow for the ridden horses of the Iron Age, who would have likely died by savage means. I journeyed to The Trundle - Chichester's own Iron-Age hill fort and its surrounding area, which would form the basis of 4 accompanying paintings: focusing on the horse in its dominant nature over the hilly landscape. The horse would then be abstracted through using a variety of marks, with inspiration taken from some of Van Gogh's drawing techniques. I decided to leave one of the horse sketches unpainted, as in its abstracted wire form the shapes could be interpreted as resembling the Mystery Warrior's own headdress, thus forming a connection between the sculpture and the Warrior. I continued to refer to time by depicting the modern pilons around the natural landscape within my piece - thereby creating a relationship between the Iron Age and today. I also made sure to depict flying birds within my paintings as my journey was filled with their frequent chirping.

Holly Simpson

Novium-51 Wire horse 1
Novium-52 Wire horse 2
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Novium-54 Wire horse 4
Novium-56 Wire horse 5
Novium-57 Wire horse 6
Novium-58 Wire horse 7
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