On Viewing Colville's Horse and Train

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM
By Lisa Timpf

What compelled you to paint such a
disturbing image,
this coming together of horse's flesh
and iron? Is it written this must occur?
Can it be escaped?

The painting, though haunting, is no less
true now
Than the day you first called it into
being -
The metaphors abound: those who value
life/those who would destroy;

The small farmer/the factory farm;
Our North American lifestyle/the global
market
And the impact of goods made with
cheap labour
Under different rules.

Is our fate in each case inescapable?
Still, I will cheer, against all odds, for
the horse
Who carries all are hopes and dreams
toward the fast onrushing train.