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Rebecca Horn, b.1944

Cockfeather Mask, Performance II1970

Throughout the 1970s Horn made performances where she wore elaborately constructed costumes, such as ‘Cockfeather Mask’, to alter her interaction with others. With the feathers she caressed the face of a person standing close to her, filling the intimate space between them with tactile tension. As the architecture of the mask obstructed Horn’s sight, she could only see the face of the other by turning her head to look with one eye, mimicking bird movements. The mask and plumage becomes a device for communication and sexual display.

MediumChromogenic print from digital file
Dimensions40 x 30 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 2001
EditionEdition 13/300
Item NumberIMMA.1917.4
On view IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. Gaze, IMMA Freud Centre, 04/10/2018 - 06/05/2019
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Rebecca Horn, Cockfeather Mask, Performance II, 1970, Chromogenic print from digital file, 40 x 30 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 2001

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About the Artist

Rebecca Horn b.1944

German artist Rebecca Horn explores ideas of sexuality, human vulnerability and emotional fragility in her sculpture, film and performance work. In her early work Horn focused on the body and senses, frequently incorporating performance and elaborate costumes. Later she produced highly narrative, full-length films that incorporated the sculptures and movements from her earlier work, thus transforming their significance. Horn has exhibited worldwide. Her work was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 1993. A comprehensive retrospective of Horn's work took place in 2005 at the Hayward Gallery, London. — View Artist »