Always the Horrors of War

Margaret Mear - Dubuque, Iowa

Artist's Bio
This piece is about beheading and the horrible act of war that it is and has been.
Horse heads, instead of human heads, are used because we somehow respond to animals before we are able to have compassion for people. It seems to be less complex to react with pity to a cold and starving kitten, than to a cold and starving man. Humans tend to judge each other and make assumptions; therefore it is often easier to feel compassion for animals. We need to think about the idea that we as humans are also worthy of compassion. It is more complex, but necessary.

Artist’s Bio
I have come to art by a childhood of making “things” before I even knew there was “artwork” and “artists”. My first media was creek clay and crushed leaves used to draw on our white house. I was delighted to discover paper and pencils in school. I slowly came to realize there were art, books, history, and museums as I went through grade school and high school. I entered a Catholic teaching order of Sisters, majored in art in college, taught high school art, went on for an MFA and taught college art for the rest of my career. I enjoyed working with student artists. I have always loved, and been involved with horses. They have been my main subject matter. I often use them to comment on the human situation and our nature in a compassionate way. I tend to do drawing and sculpture. I love being an artist.

Sales Information
This piece is for sale and will be on display until June 2016
Sale Price - $9,500
Foundry Bronze with off-white patina, 16 gauge mild steel
4’x10’x4’
300 lbs.

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