Hold Your Horses, installation

The expression “hold your horses” is an English-language idiom meaning “wait, slow down.” The phrase is historically related to horse riding or travelling by horse, or driving a horse-drawn vehicle. The saying is typically used when someone is rushing into something, someone is to slow down when going too fast, or to wait a moment, or to be more careful, or to be patient before acting. (source: Wikipedia / en).

The installation is a metaphor for both movement and stillness. It describes a situation of living in a limbo state, of limiting one’s existence to the most necessary, basic functions – sleeping, eating, defecating. And so on and so forth. At the same time, it expresses a longing for space, for looking beyond the horizon – for movement other than the repetitive, predictable one.

The work has its roots in my first experience of maternity right after childbirth. Then the same feeling returned in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic started and we all locked ourselves in our homes willy-nilly.