I am drawn to scenes that act as windows into the intimacy and dependency of female friendships in young adulthood — scenes of objects, spaces, and female figures that lie in between the private and public: half posed, half dismantled, yet dramatic in line and color. I render displays that could appear rather commonplace to a social media feed, but that become magically intimate, questioning whether they exist as private acts for those involved or as purposeful projections displayed for evaluation.
Depicting these moments in paint abstracts the obvious perception of the image – faces are gone, colors are brightened — presenting the more dream-like, altered rendition of a memory. Through detailed rendering, I draw focus to particular elements — such as objects and food — to explore how these objects exist in a moment as their own being altogether, acting as a symbol or signal. Sometimes I depict objects that hold meaning, and I aim to understand how this object exists in a certain span of time; other times I depict larger scenes, presenting a wider view of an occasion or narrative.
KELSEY ANN HORN
b. 1993 Detroit, MI
Kelsey Ann Horn is a Chicago-based artist whose work explores the female relationships impacting her own identity with a focus on the representation of such in the realm of social media. Her figurative paintings explore the juxtaposition of the need to be seen and the insecurity of being seen, through deliberate, vibrant brush strokes.