The horses of Leonardo da Vinci, George Stubbs, and Alex Colville have always fascinated Susan because it seemed that, although they drew and painted superbly from life they didn’t always depict horses with anatomical accuracy. And yet, the horses have an undeniable presence and energy. Wondering if the works would have the same power if the horses looked more realistic, she decided to re-create them with her own version of the horse.
Following three years of research into why each of these artists portrayed their horses as they did, this show, with its accompanying thesis, is the result. Equimanity is a word that she has coined to describe the communication, respect, trust and understanding between a person and a horse.