‘Racing’ – Sybil Andrews

Andrews has created an artwork that adheres to the Gestalt principle of good continuation and depicts the speed, energy and exertion of the horses and jockeys as they race – in unison – along the track. The fluid motion of the shapes resemble waves racing to the shore. There is no time to waste and one gets the sense that nothing could stand in their way toward their end goal. Within the many abstract shapes and negative spaces we observe a sense of urgent pursuit. The bright reds and oranges add to this sense of urgency and excitement as horses and their jockeys lunge forward toward the winning line.

It is all about winning in horse racing as gamblers cheer their favourite to cross the line first. Andrews gives us a glimpse into this fevered sport and the effort involved to achieve this from a historical context.


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