Lou Lim applies the horse as a symbol of beauty in the work Excess on the Ass, and takes a part of its body, which is the tail, to reflect on our need to compensate for the ideal ‘look’ by using synthetic wigs instead. It puts together what she believes as an enhancer of forms for a woman’s beauty: the shapely buttocks and the artificial hair. And while this explores the horse as a symbol for beauty, her other work, Luck without work is dead, ponders on the horse as a symbol for luck. But for Lim, luck resonates differently against our common notion. What she takes after is the horse’s hooves and human feet, sculpted in resin and enclosed in glass pyramids. It is for her, more of a testament to one’s submission to hard labor, that immense display of power—power that can bring luck.
-Cocoy Lumbao (excerpts from Horse Catalogue)