There’s a sense of limitless possibility in the Dark Light pieces that alternately may suggest architecture, human or animal form and the shifting patterns in clouds and trees. The glistening nature of the shiny clay adds a further dimension to the pieces capable of creating an other-worldly aura. “Spine” (2010) looks not so much to be a vertebrae column as a plant sprout in fantastic curlicue form. The sinuously twisting shape seems to defy the notion that it was engineered in what’s essentially mud.
Currently McHorse is hearing the muses’ call to venture further into uncharted territory. It won’t be surprising if what she fires in the future looks nothing like what she has created since the turn of the century. Most of her current work is on commission from collectors who desire art in the familiar McHorse style.
“I’m getting a lot of recognition now for some of my signature pieces,” she said. “But you know what? It’s time for me to move on.”