19 Jul 05 by Aimee O'Neill
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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.