Margaret Beechey Rothery
Exhibiting in Blackwood River Arts Trail At:
Perrier Sculpture Park
2 Dreyfus St, Bridgetown WA 6255, Australia
0467 421 782
Horses have always been a great part of my life. I learned to ride at the age of four years old simply because my mother was rather tired of me always wanting to talk and pat every horse we saw in the days when most transport was horsedrawn. She thought it would cure me of my obsession but it had the opposite affect. Two years ago, at the age of 91, I attended an exhibition of well known sculptor Kim Perrier, whom I had already met through the art world. His sculptures so interested me that I asked him if I could become a student, all be it a very mature one. So began a new adventure.
On being asked what I would like to do in the way of sculpture I said, without hesitation, Horses! This has brought back all the horses of long long ago as well as the more recent ones and opened up a creative world that I did not know existed. I am including cattle as in the farming world they go together. I have recently finished Charley, a heavy shire horse, my fifth piece, and am starting on a bull, no name yet, they must all have names. He is based on a bull from a farm I worked on as a teenager. I base my sculptures on real animals that I have known, which I find really interesting because of their contrasting characters.
I work in Plasticine built over steel armatures to define the sculpture. I start roughly on the legs of the animal and work over the entire body, modifying the form to suit the scale. This is an exacting process demand's a continuing refreshed vision as the brain fools one into believing that any element may be finished when in fact it isn't. As the character of the animal emerges a unique relationship between myself and the sculpture also becomes apparent and stronger. The unity that grows within myself and the sculpture is what elevates the work from the ordinary to another level of connection, including memorable moments and enduring passion.