Fowler chal­leng­ing equine equa­nim­ity

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Lau­ren Pi­lat

GOOSE­BERRY Hill artist Grace Fowler wants peo­ple to open their eyes to the way an­i­mals are forced into “un­nat­u­ral sit­u­a­tions just for en­ter­tain­ment”.

The 18-year-old once used art as an es­cape from stress and drama at school but now uses it to ex­press her opin­ions and cam­paign for “rad­i­cal” change.

One of Grace’s most poignant pieces that ad­vo­cates for an­i­mal rights is The horse with no name, dis­played at the Art Gallery of WA as part of the Year 12 Per­spec­tives ex­hi­bi­tion which of­fi­cially opened last week.

The for­mer Kala­munda Se­nior High School stu­dent said the oils piece was cre­ated to raise aware­ness and high­light the darker side of the rac­ing in­dus­try in Aus­tralia and how an­i­mal cru­elty and dis­re­gard of the horse’s wel­fare was cov­ered up by the me­dia.

“It is a state­ment piece cre­ated to pro­voke a re­sponse from peo­ple who view it, whether that is sad­ness at the deaths of so many horses or anger, or any­thing else,” she said. “It is to de­mand a re­ac­tion. “There needs to be a rad­i­cal at­ti­tude change in the in­dus­try, where the fo­cus is about ap­pre­ci­at­ing the horse as a horse and not as a mon­ey­mak­ing ma­chine.”

Grace, an an­i­mal lover and an­i­mal rights cam­paigner, said the idea for the piece came af­ter the 2016 Mel­bourne Cup, when she saw an im­age of a race­horse bleed­ing from its nos­trils.

“Af­ter re­search­ing I was shocked and im­me­di­ately de­cided to base my next piece on this is­sue to raise aware­ness and por­tray the emo­tion I felt to­wards this topic,” she said.

“I want peo­ple to ul­ti­mately stop and think of how we as hu­mans force an­i­mals into un­nat­u­ral sit­u­a­tions just for en­ter­tain­ment.”

Grace said rac­ing cul­ture could still ex­ist, but that an­i­mal cru­elty prac­tices had to be erad­i­cated.

Artist Grace Fowler.

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