Mindy Horn, Plan for an Invisible Understory, USA, 2020
Several themes appear often in Horn’s work, the most central being multiplicity.
Horn’s meticulously constructed wall reliefs are composed of minuscule, seemingly identical pieces. Within the medallions, each tiny, hand-formed component’s individuality is lost within the larger picture.
The same process, guided largely by muscle memory, forms each given design element -beads, thorns, sticks, etc. – yet each element is slightly different. In assembling the work, Horn seeks to create a resonance in the tension between the sameness of the multitude of components and the subtle but distinct variations between them. The patterns and rhythms embody the idea that the whole is much more than a sum of its parts.
Incorporating subtle variations in the treatment of the porcelain, such as glazing, simple bisque firing, or firing with a gold luster overglaze, creates a glimmering effect as you shift positions. Similarly, the lifting of each tiny composition off of the solid ground allows for subtle shadows that appear to flutter.
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