Basswood Carving, 22″ high, 24″ long, 8″ wide
Underlying modern religions and largely forgotten lies the Earth Mother, an embodiment of female power and fertility. Modern attempts to liberate this force have failed; like the carousel creatures she cannot experience equality and freedom when bound by the pole of convention.
The natural wood, carving marks, and joints were deliberately left exposed. Carousel animals are, after all, blocks of wood. Like Pinocchio, they take on a life of their own.
The body of the horse was modeled after an 1875 Dentzel carving from the Running Horse Studio Collection.