Joseph Fichter
Making horse sculptures was a natural progression from the abstract forms I created prior to this current series of steel horses. One reason for this shift is that I share the building that houses my Putney, Vermont studio with several horses. This union of horse-barn and sculpture studio benefits my work. The majestic equine form and the forces of a horse in motion are inspirational as I continue to explore the possibilities of steel. I have spent many hours studying my family's horses from my studio windows and also up close in the pasture. Carrots and apples are a vital investment. While I strive to be true to the spirit of these beautiful creatures, I hope the viewer sees in my sculptures more than horses. I'd like these sculptures to be seen as artworks that explore composition, movement and space.