Work > 2019

horse chestnut, horse hair art, hair art, endangered species art
“oracle horse chestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum
Horse hair, thread, hair extension rings, crystal ball
installed 25' h x 2' w
2019

This work reaches from the floor to the full height of the gallery, 25', and comprises a stitched drawing of a European horse-chestnut conker on horse hair. The European horse-chestnut is a Nearly-Threatened species which does grow in parts of the USA although native to South East Europe. American chestnuts were devastated by the chestnut blight, and are Critically Endangered. Their slightly poisonous seeds are called conkers, and I loved playing with them as a child. These trees are prone to a variety of bacterial and fungal infections, as well as damage from insects such as leaf miners.