“There is intense empathy in the will to memorialize, to lay down a particular meaning on an object that is not inherent to it.” 2011
David Harper creatures sculpture, embroidery and drawings that explore the relationship of humans and the natural world. Often working with animal skins, he researches and employs traditional craft skills to create detailed works.
Harper received a fine arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. He was Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2009 and completed an MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.
Referencing other preserved famous horses, The Last to Win plays with the form and ideas of a memorial and man’s domination of nature. While the sculpture has the appearance of a taxidermy horse, it made from a variety of material, and the ornate “brand” on the horse’s haunch is embroidery. Harper won the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Visual Arts in 2008.