1944 · Germany
Manipulating the body into exaggerated forms both in painting and drawing as well as in her installation and body modification work, German artists Rebecca Horn meets an air of the macabre or gruesome with a spirit of self.
With each work conveying a part of herself while also building on the creations that came before it, Horn pulls the lines and contours of her forms to often push them into the overly exaggerated, or even grotesque. Her fascination with the body stems from her catastrophic health experiences, and yet it is clear that she took the pain of that experience and transformed it into a powerfully creative exploration of not only being but also the role of time, place, and cultural clashes.
Born in Michelstadt, Germany, in 1944, Horn studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. In 1968, she suffered a debilitating case of lung poisoning from inhaling fiberglass and entered into a long period of recuperation. Though her health was diminished, Horn’s creativity was not. Thus, when she had recovered to the point that she could return to the studio, her career exploded. Today, Horn lives in both Paris and Berlin. She enjoyed a solo exhibition of her work in a showcased entitled, “Theatre of Metamorphoses” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (2019), and more of her multifaceted works can be found in some of the world’s top collections, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Tate Gallery, London, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.