Horvath, Michael



Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I have always had a fascination with the ocean and all that is associated with it. I have a deep respect for its power to destroy and create at the same time. It has the amazing ability to develop, mold, and redefine anything that is associated with it or that comes into contact with it.

Finding inspiration from self-taught folk artists such as John Taylor and Mr. Imagination, who have the unique ability to take everyday objects create a new purpose, I decided to try my own hand at creating my own form of art. I decided that I would create it using only scraps, parts and pieces of old equipment, and items destined for the trash bin. Looking to not actually buy any materials other than glue or paint.

I created what I term the Deep Six Fleet. It seemed appropriate since it not only means to discard but is also an old nautical term that essentially meant something was beyond recovery. The idea of these ships that seem to be losing the battle with nature but at the same time seem timeless. Each having it’s own tale drawn from Texas history and maritime history where it’s gray as to whether the story has truth to it or not.

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