I mages cross boundaries in cultures and provide a shared language. By integrating the horse – an animal unique in its relationship with humans – into material culture, a strong form of visual communication is created. As humans, we express what is interesting to us, the things in our lives, what intrigues us, and what inspires us. The artists in this exhibition use image as a vehicle for this self-expression, and within their art-form use the horse to transport us to their world-view. This they often observe from more unusual viewpoints, whether alongside their equine companion, on horseback, or even attempting to see from the horses’ own eyes. But why do we make art? For some it is a personal journey, a means of expressing or coping, a drive to create, a chance to play; for others it may be to observe, to document, to question, whether our own experiences or others’. Art has always had a role in provoking controversy, and conversation. Artists take a deep look at their society – and their own lives within it – and reveal what they see. And why do we view art? For exactly these reasons; we want to see how others see the world, or catch a glimpse of an experience we’ve never had. We want to critique, converse, enjoy. Artists’ personal reasons for creating art are deeply embedded in their cultural understanding of the world, and therefore reveal elements of this. The title “The Imaged Horse” reflects that although we can depict horses, and capture a quality of them, we cannot capture them in their entirety. What therefore is depicted? In a time and culture when animals are far more scarce in peoples’ lives than they used to be, it seems apt to reflect on what the idea of ‘horse’ conveys. As people move from rural to urban living, fewer people interact with horses. What therefore does the horse represent for the city-dweller who has never met one? These artworks provide a multitude of perspectives on the horse, being informed not only by years of the artists’ expertise in their chosen discipline, but also by their personal lived experience with horses. Within the discourse on becoming animal – seen in many studies on human-animal relations – these artworks represent a wide spectrum of awareness. From being oblivious to the artists’ work, to being an integral part of it, the horses themselves are also represented both as ABOVE: Susan Hillyard, Sweet Love #3, 2016, Digital Transfer on Kozo paper, 23” x 24” OPPOSITE: Mark E. Ritchie, Imperfect Circle, 2017, woodcut folded book, 1’ x 3’ 2