Rita Dee, “Book of Job” Chapter 39: 19-25, Lucy Fury Fire Red
Artist Statement: One of my most favorite scripture quotes about horses is the one found in the book of Job. Here God is describing all the wonderful creatures He has created on the earth for mankind. I love reading in particular the words about the horse. I have studied the words over and over. How awesome it is for me to read these ancient words… to find that people have always been enthralled with the beauty and strength of the horse.
19 Do you give might to the horse? Do you cloth his neck with strength?
20 Will you lift him up like the locusts? The glory of his nostrils is terror.
21 He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he prances boldly and exults in his strength, and goes forward to meet the armed men.
22 He laughs at fear and does not turn back from the sword.
23 upon him shall the quiver rattle and the spear and shield glitter.
24 Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither does he make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth.
25 When he heareth trumpet he saith, “Ha ha: he smelleth the battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains and the shouting.
Artist Bio: Rita has always been captivated by the grace and beauty of the horse. Horses have always been a part of her life both in her work and while raising her five children on a horse farm in Tivoli, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York and taught high school for a number of years before staying home to raise her family. It was then, that she began her postgraduate studies at Bard College in Annandale, New York. Here, under the guidance of the wonderful faculty at Bard College, especially with the encouragement of Judy Pfaff, Rita made the switch from painting to sculpture. Living near the Hudson River where driftwood is plentiful, it became her medium of choice.
Her work is now collected internationally throughout the U.S. and Canada with numerous private collectors as well as major permanent instillations such as Deloitte University in West Lake, Texas and the St. Ledgers Preserve in Saratoga, New York. She was a guest artist for the Calgary Stampede in 2007 and has exhibited at the Albany Museum of History and Art, the Doss Museum in Mineral Wells Texas, as well as at many open-air exhibits and galleries throughout the country.
Rita currently lives in Bennington, Vermont on a horse farm with her husband Tom of forty-four years and her family.