An arts project, titled "Horse Myths", which focuses on the roles and images of horses associated with well known Australian historical narratives. Throughout the project the horses become the principle characters, immersed in the landscape of their misadventures. The men are stripped from the images, and using the sketches of the day as motifs, the horses and the landscape tell the story.
The Fair Maid of Perth
An image of The Fair Maid of Perth, from Ernest Giles book Australia Twice Traversed.
This first exploration of the Horse Myths project is intended to evoke a narrative about one the favourite horses of Australian explorer Ernest Giles. Named "The Fair Maid Of Perth", the mare disappeared mysteriously into the Gibson Desert.
The Fair Maid of Perth stencil first appeared in Steve's travel diary, and has popped up occasionally, mostly in the Gibson desert, ever since. The body of work that derived from this project were presented as an Exhibition "Horsemyths " at Brightspace Gallery, Set Kilda in Feb 2017
"Music", Ned's favourite
Music, Ned Kelly's favourite horse was at the Kelly Gang's last stand at Glenrowan, June 28th, 1880. At dawn she broke free from where she was secured behind a stand of trees and appeared in the morning mists, standing between Ned and the police positions. She was shot in the hindquarters by Sgt Moore and took off into mystery and myth.