BredWinners: a critique of the horseracing industry and the transference of anthropomorphic attitudes from one generation to the next

dc.contributor.advisor Ross, Sylvia en_US Nicholson, Clare en_US 2022-03-22T09:43:06Z 2022-03-22T09:43:06Z 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract BredWinners critiques the plight of the thoroughbred within the racehorse industry and anthropomorphic attitudes that seem to go unquestioned, transferred from one generation to the next. Australians wager an estimated $15 billion a year on horseracing, so there is much ‘riding’ on the racehorses back in terms of cultural aspirations regarding hope, greed, elitism and celebration. But concealed behind the glamorous race day facade, the life of the racehorse is barbaric, brutal and unnaturally short. The industry terms this fall-out “wastage”. Traditionally, equine art signified patriarchy, sovereignty and political power but I have ruptured this historical classicism by representing the ‘broken’ and objectified racehorse, shifting the focus onto the denial of equine suffering. With ongoing selective breeding from a minimised gene pool, thoroughbreds are bred for speed and not longevity, causing catastrophic break-down and premature death. Because of this I question how we’ve come to accept such anthropocentric attitudes, especially given the shared collective nostalgia of an idealised childhood as wrapped up in equine toys. By recreating these ‘toys’ I destabilise reassuring mythological narratives absorbed by children through play, probing where are we are heading and what legacy are we preparing children to inherit. I believe no matter how many fascinators or cases of alcohol are thrown at the horseracing industry, the destructive regime imposed on these sentient animals purely for our need to be entertained remains inexcusable. I also believe children have the right to inherit wonderful relationships with other species, unhindered by morally corrupt influences. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Horse en_US
dc.subject.other Horse racing en_US
dc.subject.other Racing Industry en_US
dc.subject.other Equine en_US
dc.subject.other Nostalgia en_US
dc.subject.other Wood carving en_US
dc.subject.other Sculpture en_US
dc.subject.other Traditional skills en_US
dc.subject.other Critical animals en_US
dc.subject.other Nicholson, clare en_US
dc.subject.other Toys en_US
dc.subject.other Race horse en_US
dc.subject.other Melbourne Cup en_US
dc.subject.other Wastage en_US
dc.subject.other Animal suffering en_US
dc.subject.other Rocking horse en_US
dc.subject.other Carousel en_US
dc.subject.other Equine bronze en_US
dc.subject.other Slip-cast porcelain en_US
dc.title BredWinners: a critique of the horseracing industry and the transference of anthropomorphic attitudes from one generation to the next en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Nicholson, Clare
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Nicholson, Clare, Art, College of Fine Arts, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Ross, Sylvia, UNSW en_US School of Art and Design *
unsw.thesis.degreetype Masters Thesis en_US
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