Hidden Horses | Kate Brown at KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts


Hidden Horses | Kate Brown at KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts Date/Time
Date(s) - 20/05/2022 - 29/05/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

KAVA – Kinvara Area Visual Arts





Creativity is fundamental in the fragile, unstable and unpredictable world in which we now live.
Over the last decade as my children became adults, and gradually left to build their own lives, I felt myself separated from the life I had built around them.  This new fractured way of living was very difficult.  In putting myself in a new geographical place, I found painting nursed the wounds that separation from loved ones created.
In my previous life I also had my passion – horses.
For me, my work with horses was a medicinal restorative, part of my soul. Losing that daily practice within the world was a desolate place.  So the mind and hand drew, made puddles with paint, until that became what was now absent – horses.
Creativity heals in moments of flux. It has given me a sense of place again, no matter where I find myself. Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.
As a nation of Horse Lovers we have an appalling record of ignoring the abuse and neglect of horses that have gone through industries such as Racing, Showjumping and recreational businesses.  Horses are not machines.  Ireland is the third largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world
We need to do better when it comes to how we regulate the Irish Horse industry. There are senseless gaps in how horses are traced to owners who dispose or dump animals when they are no longer viable.  If we can have an efficient tracing system for cattle we should have one for horses and laws to enforce severe penalties to owners who abandon and are negligent. We have a moral concern not to turn a blind eye.


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