Pat Horner


April 1 – May 6, 2000

In my collages I use imaginative juxtapositions of unrelated images, (many of which I have photographed, painted, or drawn myself – others I appropriate from books, magazines, or other’s work) which find their source in the irrational, ambiguous realm of the subconscious.

Inspired by the Dadaist and Surrealist urge to chart meaning through irony, humor, and the unforeseen wisdom of dreams, I try to delight with imagery exploring themes as diverse as relationships, sexual politics, power, fame, history, and life and death. My quest is to synthesize the many dualities of nature.

My art often shifts formal and conceptual perspectives, teasing us into uneasiness and challenging us to alter our own perception of the world. It is my hope to succeed in pointing out the absurdity of our fragmented and sometimes artificial life.

Reviewers have found my art “curious, ambitious…one of symbolism and subtlety…visual metaphors for a variety of aspects of our world…It is refreshing to encounter the work of an artist who is keenly aware of her environment and…inventing her own new – like no other – world and language.”

Pat Horner a resident of Willow, NY, has shown her mixed media collages at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NY; G. Gibson Gallery, WA;  Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; Elena Zang Gallery, NY; New York State Museum, NY; and at the Carrie Haddad Gallery, NY. Her imagery has been published in UTNE Reader, Aperture, New York Times, and Photo Metro. Ms. Horner has taught and lectured in the US, Italy, and France.