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Curios About: Equus Caballus by Alison Tubritt

Equus Caballus By Alison Tubritt White pencil on black paper, A4

1. This work is about . . . the use of the traditional process of drawing within the contemporary art world today. There has been a manipulation of my knowledge and interest in the study of horse anatomy within the works. A play on light and shadow through the use of the horse highlights its physical features. The project – what you see here is one drawing from a series – has become more about the physicality of drawing rather than the subject matter. My emphasis is on attention to detail and technical execution.

2. I made this work because . . . being a final year student studying fine art in DIT, I sometimes find that in the contemporary art world, the traditional mediums and processes of art seem to be things of the past, with performance and installation gaining popularity. So I took a subject I have always had an interest in and passion for, which has also played a part in art history, and using it to bring new ideas of traditional processes to the contemporary art world.

3. I hope when people see this work they will . . . interpret the work in their own way and take what they will from it. But also see the skill and beauty behind the work and the attention to detail.

4. In terms of art history, this work . . . explores a traditional process and subject matter that some of the great artists before us have explored, for example, George Stubbs. The horse has played a part in nearly every area in art history. Although it has many cultural ties, I do not portray any certain part in my work.

5. You can see my work . . . at the DIT Graduate Exhibition opening on the 2 June 2016 in the Grangegorman campus, and also on my Facebook and my Tumblr.

Curios About is a series featuring works by Dublin artists, curated for us by our friends at the Square in the Circle blog, and hosted there as well as here.

Each artist is asked to submit an image of one work and answer a set of questions about it. We’d love it if you’d submit something you’ve made.

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