This is my first vapor mold casting. I wanted to create a rocking horse that was uninviting yet reminiscent of the viewer's childhood. To me "this piece is reminiscent of a child's toy, which is generally something that is safe and soft. The cast rocking horse is meant to be a symbol of permanence rather than a child-friendly object. Even if the scale were proportional for a child's use, it would not be functional. Cast Iron is cold, and heavy. Viewing this piece is meant to remind us of our past. Our past is ever-present in our memories, and we never know when something will spark a memory. This piece is a shadow in that phenomenon. My goal is for viewers to look at this piece and remember their own experience with childhood toys. They may realize that those same toys are now gone. They could be thrown away, ripped, and broken. This piece is less easily broken but reflects the wear and tear of years gone by."
This piece won an award at the East Carolina exhibition, Cast Shadows: