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Buy Me a Pony?

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Shelley Muzylowski Allen

These are the wonderful animal sculptures of Shelley Muzylowski Allen. She mostly focuses on horses, but she makes other large animals, too. Allen takes as her inspiration early depictions of animals in everything from cave paintings to early scientific illustrations.

After completing a fine arts degree, Allen pursued a career in painting until a colleague suggested her work would translate well to glass. She began studying at the Pilchuck School of Glass, where she realized glass was just the medium she’d been looking for.

I love how much motion there is in her work. There’s a tension represented in their poses that makes them seem like they were caught in mid-leap. And her jubilant use of color and texture, whether it’s pigments or colored glass or rusted metal or horse hair, adds to the sense of the figures’ vitality. Many of the pedestals they’re on feel like works of art in their own right. I am particularly drawn to the ones that end in dagger points. I love their fierceness!

I hope you are as intrigued by her work as I am!

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Buy Me a Pony?

  1. I love so many of your posts, Donna. How do you feel about reposting? I’d love to post this one and the one about the skateboard guitars on my blog, ARHtisticLicense.com. Could I have your permission?

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  2. Wowzer! Those are superb. I love the use of shape and line, the morphed proportions, and the use of colour. You’ve given me another thing to covet. My 8 year old son is horse mad so he will probably join me in the covetousness.

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  3. Beautiful work. My favorite subject matter is the horse.

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  4. reminds me of the Perm animal style of the Russian Urals. are you familiar?

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  6. Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
    Thanks to guest blogger Donna, who on her blog MyOBT consistently posts one beautiful thing every day. Today she shares a whole collection.

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