My work in the HOARD project was the continuation of a project that began in 2012 with the exploration of the unicorn and its surrounding folklore as a symbol. This came into particular relevance with the increasingly popular stylization of 2014 year of the horse as 'the year of the unicorn'.
This stage of this project manifested as sculpture investigating qualities often attributed to unicorns, primarily intelligence. I created a chess set where all of the pieces are unicorns. This twist on a game that is often revered as highly logical and played by people of intelligence would ask participants to 'up their game' by using a higher degree of logic and memory in order to defeat the game. The basic principle of the game would stay intact – one player versus another, strategically moving chess pieces until one player is defeated.
Over the course of HOARD this evolved. The chess set was placed in a mirrored box, then one of the walls were replaced with one way mirror and lit from underneath with a variety of coloured lights.
This allowed the sculpture to take on an even more surrealist and absurd slant, further tainting the sensibility of the game.