2001 – Conté on Arches Paper – 122 x 153 cms
Photograph by Martin Wakelin
In the folk tradition of the Mari Lwyd, the horse skull atop a pole draped with a sheet to hide the man beneath is led by a halter made of ribbons, a too flimsy control over the prancing beast. For my re-inventions of the Mari in the Mare’s Tale drawings, scarlet ribbon-reins stream like arterial blood around the beast. Too elusive to be grasped and controlled, they leap and snap and flutter and in The Second Fall, snake about the dying man as he free-falls beneath the Mari’s hooves.