I am curious about how material possesses meaning. Sparked by an interest in repetitive patterns, I examine bundles of objects that begin to form textures. The meanings of these bundles shift depending upon scale and juxtaposition with other materials. I look at objects not for what they are, but for what they are made of, enclosed in, or carried with.
My latest series of paintings, Exaggerations in Interim, is influenced by the malleability of post-girlhood identity. I look to possessions as a medium through which to unearth the female fixation on domestic skill, object materialism, and appearance that exists even at an age when domesticity seems irrelevant. The interpretations of banal pieces of twenty-something life reference the tension between growth and inevitability, while contorting the dependence upon goods as a reflection of identity in the internet era. By portraying these objects at uncharacteristic times in their life cycles, I question their purpose, their significance, and their necessity to our identities. They represent false narratives for supposedly meaningful, yet undeveloped occasions; they are souvenirs of moments still in formation; caricatures of sentimentality for plans that have passed without fruition.
Expressive painter K Ann Horn explores repetitive shapes through washy, painterly mark making to both understand the symbolic weight and obscure the structural meaning of her subjects, which range from figurative to organic to banal. She draws inspiration from both her upbringing in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, Michigan and her current lifestyle in Lincoln Park, Chicago. She has shown her work in Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago.