Ulrika Kestere admits she’s a lifelong daydreamer. While losing herself in flights of fancy has grown more challenging as she’s grown up, she affectionately recalls the fantasies of her childhood that have fueled her artistic endeavors into her young adulthood.
An intended photographic series called Daydream was first imagined as a series of images featuring a variety of women with a collection of animals. However, the logistics of bringing it all together proved frustrating, so Kestere did what any resourceful creative would do: she constructed her own animals and used herself as the human subject. Hence, 7 Horses was born.
Each “horse” is made of garments and cloths of varying textures, colors, and sizes, shaped into a horse that the girl seems to stumble upon. Each image invites the reader to construct his or her own impression of what is happening—is the horse dead? Will the girl save the horse?—questions that Kestere herself answers in the accompanying story, “The Girl with the Seven Horses.”
[quote] Dreaming is so important. When you stop being a dreamer you sort of stop having fun. You just settle with what you have. Ignore all the people who say that dreaming about rainbows and unicorns farting marshmallows is for kids, it’s for everyone!” [/quote]