Digital video animation, 2:50 min loop, single-channel wall projection
New works by Lee Deigaard consider the horse as significant Other. Featuring nocturnal portraits and video animations, In Your Dreams (Horses) explores proprioceptive awareness, relational mysteries, and the chimerical power of memory and yearning.
Horses validate your most exquisite perceptions. They read your thoughts even as you form the words. In the pasture at night, darkness is a permeable membrane; your senses heighten. You encounter each other in the dark, partly real, partly figment.
As a child, I collected plastic horses and pored over manuals of horse care. Absent a real horse, I was ready, if called, to muck out the Augean Stables. Hercules did a rush job, took shortcuts. I would have done it right, as ministration in service to a yearning. A dream of a horse, not all night mares are bad dreams.
Family portraits of my relatives with their horses instilled in me a conviction that horses, too, were my kin. In the old photographs, the humans and horses were inseverable from one another.
In 2007, I began posting videos on youTube of myself interacting with a horse. Intended to explore cross-species communication and affection, the videos elicited polarized viewer commentary. The uncensored comments appear in conversational stream of consciousness in the text of Dirty/Pure (1-3).
As an adult, I have been lucky to count horses among my close friends. I owe a debt to the ministrations and generosity of Blue in particular, but also Buddy, Chico, Mel, Sid, and Otoe.
50 sec loop, video "postcard", wall-mounted portable DVD player
1:22 min loop, video "postcard", wall-mounted portable DVD player