By Amy Laugesen
THE HORSE, familiar in form, nature and spirit offers powerful inspiration for my ceramic and mixed media sculptures.
Civilizations before me have explored object making and painting in the attempt to convey this animal’s spirit and to pay reverence to its beauty and its meaning in their cultures. I stand on their shoulders and incorporate my own personal history and the horse heritage of the West in making these works.
Since 2010, I have created a series of ceramic equine sculptures inspired by the Quarter Horse heritage and landscape of Northwestern Colorado.
“A major portion of the foundation stock bloodlines of the American Quarter Horse came from Routt County through the efforts of early breeders such as Coke Roberds, Si Dawson, Marshall Peavy, Evelyn Peavy Semotan and Quentin Semotan. It was in Hayden that the foundation bloodline of Old Fried/Peter McCue was first bred. Many AQHA champion horses trace back to this famous bloodline.” —Hayden Heritage Center Museum
‘Hayden Heritage’ ceramic sculpture was created during a 2014 artist residency in Hayden, Colorado, using the Hayden Granary as my temporary studio. This sculpture was inspired by the local horse heritage and the textures, wheels and gears of the Grain Elevator. The artwork tells the historical and contemporary story the Horse and the significance of its power, heart and soul to sustain a rural agricultural and ranching community.