On a gentle, quiet afternoon in the country, two horses graze peacefully through the afternoon.
There is a sense of companionship and friendship between the two animals, and one is aware that they spend much time together, without too much human intervention to interrupt the flow of their unity.
While one horse settles itself to intense and busy eating, the horse on the left stops and stares into the landscape – perhaps looking and listening for danger, perhaps doing nothing more than becoming aware of its surroundings and seeing if anything has changed since the last look. With one horse standing sentinel for two, the horse on the right is secure in knowing that, for now, things are safe.
Perhaps this is a statement on friendship itself – this giving by one so that the second can be secure, with the two later trading positions so that both have an opportunity to protect, and both have an opportunity to be protected. True friends are able to be together in the same room, or the same field, without need for constant chatter, consistent breaking of silence, and the agitation of movement and noise that somehow we find reassuring when we are not sure of the companion we are with.
These two companions, these two friends, are sure of themselves and of each other, and many is the afternoon that they spend gently strolling through the country fields and meadows, grazing in the bushes. In the Hollow, the artwork, invites us to join the two horses – but silently, so that we do not interrupt their solitude – in a landscape of tranquility, quiet, peace, and stillness.
In the Hollow invites us to leave behind, if only for a moment, the noise and agitation surrounding us – that constant chatter and breaking of the silence – and be still in a world where the loudest noise is the chomping of a horse’s jaws, and the sound of two animals strolling through the brush.
Featured in 20 Fine Art America groups.
June 6th, 2017
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