“The artist’s stroke, a captured moment in time; a thought, a scene, a memory. To be interpreted, discarded, or savored by the one who cares to see.” – Mary Aiu 2010
My imagery reflects my ideals about beauty and emotional connections, and horses are my favorite sources for inspiration. I am a spectator in their world, awaiting the moment to capture the splendor of the unbridled horse in motion, their interactions among the herd, or their relationships within the human world. Whether running freely or under-saddle, through my lens I witness the equine spirit: powerful, noble, yet willing to please. Sometimes that capture is enough, though other times I create a Photomontage that sets the stage to a world with no boundaries.
My imagery begins behind the lens to capture the exuberance of the horse in motion, a dance to be viewed, with each horse having its own unique flair. I am fascinated by trees, and the wondrous spaces defined by them, and through my mind’s eye, I can share these places with the breath of the horse and its hoofs on the run. With the aid of the computer, I am able to work beyond the camera capture to reshape my work on a more personal level, to blend my fascination with these woodland areas, and release the free spirit of the running horse. My artistic intent is to evoke a feeling, that takes you along for the ride with this magnificent animal to combine a moment born in my imagination that is inspired by their being.
Mary Aiu resides in Suisun Valley, CA and the Monterey Peninsula. She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts, is a member of the Image Makers of Monterey, and is affiliated with the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, CA