The horseman is an archetypal symbol of power; here Mark explores the relationship between horse and rider and the significance of obsolete power.
Much of this series depicts cavalry from World War I, the twilight of the mounted warrior. Although their ineffectiveness on the Western Front is well known, mounted solders mainly from the Commonwealth were successful in Mesopotamia and Palestine.
The tradition of equestrian sculpture, often of a king or general, has been to produce a heroic civic statement, its production often the high point of a sculptor’s career. Here the figures’ threadbare, wraith-like form, undercuts these conventions.