Rebecca Horn

A German artist, Rebecca Horn creates elongated attachments to the body and performs with them. When she was 20 years old and living in Barcelona, she was creating art using glass fibre without using a mask, and since it was 1964, the dangers of this was unknown. She developed severe lung poisoning and was forced to spend an entire year in a sanatorium. During this time she lost both of her parents. She was still extremely ill after being released from isolation, and was stricken to bed rest most of the time. From bed, she began to design and sew these bodily attachments, in attempt to defeat her loneliness by communicating through bodily forms.

 

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