Project Equipoise

Project Equipoise
Equipoise: 
/ˈekwəˌpoiz/
n.balance of forces or interests. A state of equilibrium.

This series references the charmed surrealism of artists like Marc Chagall and Lenora Carrington. It is a buoyant approach to the serious considerations of the current events that clamor for our attention; politics, discord, disease juxtaposed with hope, optimism and idealism. These images are meant to convey how the chaos of contemporary information overload can be softened and reimagined into reflections that are encouraging and far more hopeful. 

Humankind has revered equine energy through the ages. Horses symbolize power and strength, and we have partnered with them to know the joy of riding the wind. Horsepeople who learn to read the language of Equus, understand that horses are equal parts measured calm and explosive potential. Releasing our thoughts into their realm allows us to access the subtle energies of the world that exists in the realm of the mythic.

Horses can be very subtle. Tapping into their powerful quiet gives one access to another way to process circumstances around us. Being able to reconfigure how news hits my heart during the stressful times of recent political and cultural strife, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the fallout from these events has helped keep me sane and even hopeful. I let the busyness of my thoughts under the influence of current events get replaced by something much less noisy and far bigger as the horses and I consider the sky; our eyes soft and our hearts tranquil in each other’s company. This creates an existential reboot in my core. Equanimity replaces anxiety. Equipoise is achieved.

Each image in this collection is inspired by this amalgam of negative, positive and neutral. They are a visual meditation. A sign of the joy ever-available by checking out and tuning back into the natural world. 

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