Kaff-eine did this artwork in autumn, 2022, as part of the Women’s Street Art Project. It is on the corner of Banks Place and Little Malop Street.
I also got to hear Kaff-eine share her thoughts about the artwork at the Women’s Street Art launch. I got photos of Kaff-eine in front of the artwork.
For centuries, the #horse has represented freedom, nobility, power & grace. I painted this #horse in a deep bow, a realistic but unusual & unnatural position. I hope that seeing the powerful, graceful horse in this position makes viewers stop, question the image, & think about their responses.
What is the nature of control here? Has someone trained the horse to willingly bow like this, or have they forced or coerced the horse into this position? There is no strapping in sight; no head collar or side reins tying the horse in place. The horse’s expression looks calm, & their body free from strain.
Is this an image of love & trust; or of acquiescence? A broken spirit?
Yield: on power, trust, grace, control, beauty, coercion & freedom.