The Bridle Series was inspired by the sensuality and beauty in the designs of the tools of the Western trade -- saddles, boots, bits, and spurs – and their fanciful forms.
Bridle Series, 24 1/4" x 30 3/4" each work, Quilling (paper), grommets, suede frame, 2001
Megan Wilson, 2001:
Growing up in Montana, I was surrounded by the iconography of the American West, and specifically that of the cowboy. Images of rugged men with their code of stoic endurance, self-reliance, loyalty, courage, and camaraderie, on horseback riding across the plains, wrangling cattle and spitting chew were everywhere – from the paintings of Charles M. Russell and Frederick Remington to the landscape itself. However, what I remember being the most drawn to were the accouterments of the cowboy – the beautiful ornamentation and floral designs that adorned their trappings and presented such a delicate contrast to the rough and tough image of the wrangler.