With a background in classical dressage, breeding and training horses, the 'Quagga' body of work is a very personal and anthropomorphic method of producing artwork. Navigating the emotional landscape through deeply nuanced body language and the complexities of a herd dynamic.
The floating yet contorted postures in the animals illustrated, tap into the many different elements of equine body language; from the extremities of rage, stress, exuberance and beyond.
The process of making all of these types of works is a cathartic and physical experience, due to the sheer scale of the works, from scarring the surface of paper to bold graphic contouring lines that define bodies on a wall, each work is a physical expression.
Flett's understanding of animal psychology adds an additional layer and opportunity for further anthropomorphism; wild zebras fight constantly, establishing systems of dominance and submission and engage in herd politics and game play. From her vantage point of rider and trainer, the close physical connection to the horse is a privileged position for Flett to infuse her paintings with both raw emotion and anatomical observation.
With over 20 years experience, Flett's commercial mural and public artworks can be found across Australia.