DEEP HORSE TEXTS invited five artists and their chosen human companions to spend a day with a horse in 2021–22. These artists sought out ranches, trail-rides, barns, and horse rescues where they could ride, brush, feed, or just be alongside horses. Each two-person group was given a pre-loaded camera, and the invitation to do whatever they wanted with this time.
What we, the interlopers of these DEEP HORSE ENCOUNTERS, are given to experience, are the contact sheets from each roll of film. These images function less as documentation than as a reminder that time spent with a horse exists outside of what can be held in an image.
oualie frost is a writer and (anti?)artist currently living in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal with their codependent cat. oualie’s work frequently uses humour, critique, video, and their own body as tools to explore grief, pain, queerness, and their experiences as a mixed-race, diasporic person of both settler and Afro-Caribbean descent. Holding a BFA from Alberta University of the Arts, they have been shown across Alberta and in Toronto. oualie’s writing has been featured in Canadian Art and Akimbo, and they are also a regular/founding writer with Afros in tha City.
Clare Chasse is a multi-disciplinary artist/queer freak living in Tiohti:áke on the unceded island of Kawenote Teiontiakon. Much of their work revolves around the natural-sensual world, melancholia, magic, queer fantasyscapes, and community bound resistance. Aptly, they have been frequently dubbed ‘horse girl’; an esteemed title they hold proudly. Currently working through a BASc in Anthropology and Sustainability at Concordia University, they are active in many of the DIY spaces across Tiohti:áke and Mohkinstsis, where they have organized, performed, exhibited, and published a variety of works. At present, their projects are concerned with maintaining accessible space for art, sexuality, and anarchy to converge in the interest of socio-ecological justice.