The Windows / Les Fenêtres
Exhibitions views from Intimacy/Privacy, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, 2022.
Exhibition views from Afterglow, The Grand Chelsea, NYC, 2022.
Looking from outside into an open window one never sees as much as when one looks through a closed window. (…) What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what goes on behind a windowpane. In that black or luminous square life lives, life dreams, life suffers. (Charles Baudelaire, Windows/Les Fenêtres)
Windows as sites of imagination, windows as transparent boundaries, and passages between public and private - return as motifs in the works of Anaïs Horn. They show interior and exterior spaces and windows as borders and connections between these two spheres. Windows of private houses and flats stand for intimacy and security, while in the world outside the window, the urban living space is represented. The window frames the imagined existence of the stranger, but the pane of glass is also a transmitter between the "outside" and the "inside" life, allowing the two to merge, removing the distance between them and making the existence of one without the other impossible. Where are the boundaries of personal, private space? Where are these boundaries shifting to in times of social media and to what extent has the pandemic had an influence on these boundaries? In Horn's preoccupation with the window as a motif and its symbolism and narrative dimension, universal questions about distance and proximity oscillate between the self and the other and between life and art.
Intimacy/Privacy: Les Fenêtres, 2022 (installation)
À Paris, le ciel me semble toujours plus proche (Quarantine Windows II), 2022, UV print on Wall GrafX, 100 × 150 each.
Love to Dream, 2021, graphite, oil sticks and oil on linen, in artist’s frame, 59 x 50 cm.
Inner Life, 2022, graphite, oil sticks and oil on linen, in artist’s frame, 59 x 50 cm.
Through the Unknown, we’ll find the New, 2022, graphite, oil sticks and oil on linen, in artist’s frame.
Exhibition views (c) Clara Wildberger
Marigold, How to remember your dreams?, I like it when somebody gets excited about something, Schleppen & Räumen, all 2022, all pencil, color pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic on paper, 11x8,5 in.
Draft for a Self Portrait as Josephine, 2022.
(c) Marc Tatti