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The White Horse & Journey to Ithaca

THE WHITE HORSE:

The artist grew up in the county of Kent in England, close to the South Downs. Her most powerful association with this place is still the White Horse carved thousands of years ago into the chalk hills of the downs.

The White Horse is a symbol she chose for a journey made to reacquaint with her cultural roots in the United Kingdom and Eastern Mediterranean.

The installation was first conceived by Sally during a visit to a stone circle on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, U.K. The nucleus of the installation is a sculpture that suggest 'a whisper: of a horse', an expression of the energy fields of a flying horse, minimal, skeletal, thrown-up and scattered in a random reassemblage of thought forms, learnt once and rediscovered in a dream on Bodmin Moor.

 Journey to Ithaca

 

Journey to Ithaca is taken from Homer's Odyssey. It is the last stage of Odysseus's wanderings, when he returned to his earthly wife Penelope, after twenty years absence.

In the Installation Sally was concerned with presenting a collection of symbols and images that are associated with the feminine archetype and evoke feminine principle.

The installation comprised a collection of ceramic stones, nineteen in number that lie on a bed of muslin. The stones mark out an arena of sacred space and form a circle.

She has used muslin to create a watery appearance, an additional intent, is to evoke the wrapping of a votive offering.