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Roni Horn in "Structures"

“I almost feel like I rediscover water again and again and again,” says Roni Horn. Some Thames, Horn’s permanent installation at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, disperses 80 photographs of water throughout the school’s public spaces, echoing the ebb and flow of students and learning.

While in Iceland, Horn also made You Are the Weather, a series of some 100 close-up images of one woman. “I was curious to see if I could elicit a place from her face, almost like a landscape,” she explains. Horn’s installations bridge dimensions to “compose space” through images and text. “My relationship to my work is extremely verbal, extremely language-based,” she comments.

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Roni Horn

Roni Horn explores the mutable nature of art through sculptures, works on paper, photography, and books. She describes drawing as the key activity in all her work, “because drawing is about composing relationships.” Horn’s drawings concentrate on the materiality of the objects depicted. Horn crafts complex relationships between the viewer and her work by installing a single piece on opposing walls, in adjoining rooms, or throughout a series of buildings. Horn’s work also embodies the cyclical relationship between humankind and nature—a mirror-like relationship in which we attempt to remake nature in our own image.

“My relationship to my work is extremely verbal, extremely language-based.”

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Words and Pictures

Artist Roni Horn discusses the function of titles in her work, and the ways text, image, and sculpture work together in her installations.