Vanessa Paschakarnis - Tight Rein, 2011

Studio 21 in Halifax, NS, Canada. October 7th - November 2nd, 2011

"With the works in the exhibition 'Tight Rein' I continue to explore the relationship between humans and animals. The central piece is based on seeing a war monument in Budapest, Hungary, depicting a crowd of Huns on their horses that are wearing bridles made of stag horns. The domestication here comes full circle for me, as the beast is tamed to become a beast in service to the human – 'Horse in Arms'.

All the other pieces, also vaguely reminiscent of other animals, bear some sort of impediment. As the ambiguous title suggests, overlooked by the regal 'couple', the sculptures are also metaphors for a universal power structure. As human animals we face similar impediments, imposed by society to keep us in place and make us play our part.

Of course, the power we exert over animals is more often then not a necessary one, just like in human relationships. Us or them - it is a basic element of life and secures our very survival. I think it is important to understand the powerful beauty in the tension of human and animal relationships."

Vanessa Paschakarnis

List of works:

Horse in Arms, 2011: White Marble, Steel, Apoxy Clay; 15” x 28” x 15.25” / 38 x 71 x 38.7 cm

King and Queen, 2010: White and green marble, steel armatures; 2 elements, mounted to the wall; (white) 17” x 10.5” x 18” high / 43 x 26.5 x 45.5cm; (green) 13"x9”x15.75” high/33 x 23 x 40 cm

Blindfold, 2011: Winterstone, Steel; 16” x 16” x 12” / 40.5 x 40.5 x 30.5cm

Nose Ring, 2011: Apoxy Clay, Steel ; 11” x 20” x 10.5” / 28 x 51 x 26.5cm

Trophy, 2010: Winterstone, Graphite, Steel, wall mounted
18” x 25” x 24” / 45.5 x 63.5 x 61cm

Imagined Polar Bear, 2010: White marble; 24” x 16” x 12.5” / 61 x 40.5 x 32cm

Domesticated Beasts II, 2008 (5/7): Intaglio Print 31.5” x 47.5” / 80 x 120cm
(framed: 51.6” x 35.8”)

Sketch for Horse in Arms I, 2011: Pencil on paper, 8” x 11.75” / 20.3 x 30cm
(+frame)

Sketch for Horse in Arms II, 2011: Pencil on paper, 8” x 11.75” / 20.3 x 30cm
(+frame)

Sketch for Horse in Arms III, 2011: Pencil on paper, 8” x 11.75” / 20.3 x 30cm
(+frame)

Werkliste:

Horse in Arms, 2011: Weißer Marmor, Stahl, Apoxy Clay; 38 x 71 x 38.7 cm

King and Queen, 2010: Weißer und grüner Marmor, Stahlarmaturen; 2 Elemente, an der Wand montiert (weiß) 43 x 26.5 x 45.5 cm; (grün) 33 x 23 x 40 cm

Blindfold, 2011: Winterstone, Stahl; 40.5 x 40.5 x 30.5 cm

Nose Ring, 2011: Apoxy Clay, Stahl; 28 x 51 x 26.5 cm

Trophy, 2010: Winterstone, Graphit, Stahl, an der Wand montiert; 45.5 x 63.5 x 61 cm

Imagined Polar Bear, 2010: Weißer Marmor; 61 x 40.5 x 32 cm

Domesticated Beasts II, 2008 (5/7): Intaglio Print; 80 x 120 cm
(gerahmt: 51.6” x 35.8”)

Sketch for Horse in Arms I, 2011: Bleistift auf Papier; 20.3 x 30 cm
(+ Rahmen)

Sketch for Horse in Arms II, 2011: Bleistift auf Papier; 20.3 x 30 cm
(+ Rahmen)

Sketch for Horse in Arms III, 2011: Bleistift auf Papier; 20.3 x 30 cm
(+ Rahmen)

 

Blue Moon, 2010 was exhibited at Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms; 2011/2012 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
VANESSA PASCHAKARNIS, PHYSICAL ENCOUNTERS / KOERPERLICHE BEGEGNUNGEN
VANESSA PASCHAKARNIS, SHADOWS OF DOMESTICATION
Vanessa with her "Bestia Romana", 2009
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