19 Jul 05 by Aimee O'Neill
My work is concerned with the Thoroughbred Racehorse and the way the breed over the years has been aestheticised and manipulated. The Thoroughbred is no longer a natural animal but exists as a racing machine, a product in a multibillion dollar industry. I play on the presentation of these animals. I am also interested in the similarities between the structure of the modern day stud and the ancient Harems of the Far East; stallions, mares and geldings; eunuchs and odalisques. Victorian Portrait photography influenced this work as well as chiarscuro in classical painting. Thoroughly-Bred, being 7ft by 6ft creates a presence and hints at grand portraiture.