stable: “A building set apart and adapted for the keeping of horses” *
stable: “permanent, reliable, enduring” **
The stable is a paradoxical construction, at once solid and enduring but it relies on its definition from the transitory and temporary visitors it houses. Without them it would be stable but not a stable.
The passing and the static are elements that are intrinsic parts of the Farrier as evidenced in the first photograph in the work. A landscape depicting an area that has been developed and moulded for the keeping of horses however this relationship is only visible from the snow laying on the ground. The snow defines the nature of the land, it picks out the fences and horses from and apart of the land. Without this temporary element the photograph would still be of the same subject but it would not describe and define the relationship.
As you move further into the work the elements of time and passing become apparent. The second photograph has a clock writing the passing of time and there three stable doors with what behind them? One is open suggesting the occupant is gone the other two are closed, we do not know what is behind them, there is an absence but the absence is not fetishistic it is descriptive and further highlights the relationship between the elements that make up this world.
*The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, Ed. L Brown, OUP, 1993