The exhibition room sheet with text by Madeleine Stack can be downloaded here.
This exhibition is essentially about a coping mechanism I used when I was around 4-5 years old that I developed after a traumatic childhood event. I had convinced myself at this point in my life that I was a horse. I would go out to the field next to our house and run around the paddock and remember even seeing my body as a horses body, and feeling a sense of longing to spend time with other horses. I wanted to think through how this idea of self care at such a young age has translated into my adult life, housed in the same body, cloaked with the same memories and feelings. I wanted to give this coping mechanism some care and respect itself, to send it some love, to give it some airtime. I wanted to explore the kindness I showed myself at this age. These systems of self care that we develop before we have a deep understanding of the world are complicated and complex. They are also hard to articulate. They’re vague because they were archived at the same time we were learning how to walk down stairs or screw a lid on a jar. I wanted to try and create artwork that expressed the myriad of complicated feelings surrounding these memories. I have attempted to do this through this exhibition.
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