BELINDA VILLANI: Tribute to a Workhorse
This sculpture is based on a photo taken of my father in the 1940’s of him on the back of a workhorse. My fathers love of horses stemmed from his migrant inner city childhood contact with the local workhorses rather than the romantic idea of the outback horse and rider. The work has been executed in the low-tech medium of rattan, reflective of the era from which the piece represents. I intentionally wanted to portray a hand made feel to reflect the simplicity of using a horse and cart to move goods around a city.
Belinda Villani is a Sydney based sculptor. She worked mainly in the film industry for over twenty years. Her time is now spent mainly on her own works. She concentrates on figurative sculptures with a strong leaning towards the animal and human forms. She works in a variety of mediums including stone, bronze and steel and has lately been producing works in woven rattan. She is self taught and started sculpting from the age of four. Some examples of her work can be seen on her website.