(b. 1995, Hitchin)

In my work I’ve been chasing a form of gothic sublime in the domestic everyday. Personal imagery is compiled, cropped, compressed, and pieced back together - physically and virtually - in composed, claustrophobic documentations of domestic life. Currently I’m making small scale works using handmade paper and plaster strips, ripping, painting and collaging the materials to create anxious, clustered spaces. Intricately rendered fragments lead into areas suggestive of decay and fragility, whilst representation sits on top of bulging texture, warping and abstracting spaces once familiar. Pictorial elements become a box of trinkets modelled in excessive detail, ordered to tell a narrative as if furniture in a doll’s house.

I often draw on the liminal in-between time of twilight to access moments suspended in transition, transforming familiar suburban settings into sinister, uncanny dwellings blanketed in mystery and quiet possibility. Glowing windows and apertures allude to hidden narratives the viewer is excluded from, putting emphasis on the separation between public and private. I imagine the work existing as a combined mental architecture, with corridors to different rooms, doors firmly closed and sites carrying the stain of memories or trauma. 

“As Beth Horner explores the relationship between exterior and interior spaces, her depictions of domesticity remain intentionally ambiguous and fragmented in a similar way. Low-quality photographs snapped on her phone and reassembled through collage let her intentionally blur the boundaries between the physical and the virtual, with quick sketches and doodles adding humour and life to images … Through autobiographical images of the everyday enhanced and collaged, finding intimacy is seen as a constant process and the interior we create for ourselves as an ever-shifting state. As surfaces and screens overlay and pixel and pigment interact, so do meanings about what it means to exist within a space and the way in which our experiences can be constructed and deconstructed in between physical and immaterial planes” – Claire Mead, independent curator.

Education

 

2018 - 2020 Royal College of Art, MA Painting
2014 - 2017 Wimbledon College of Art, BA (First Class Honours) Fine Art: Painting

2013 - 2014 Camberwell College of Art, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
 

Exhibitions

2019

Thresholds (Solo Show), 12th - 19th September, the Old Diorama Arts Centre, London

Brave New World (Group Show), 16th - 31st May - Justin Cook Art, London

2018

The Big Little Social (Group Show), 22nd October - Ole & Steen Kensington, London

Forty by Forty (Group Show), 9th April - 4th May 2018 - GX Gallery, London 

Art Rooms Fair - 20th - 22nd January 2018, Meliá White House, London

FBA Futures (Group Show), 9th - 20th January 2018 - Mall Galleries, London

2017

Affordable Art Fair Stockholm - Will’s Art Warehouse, 12th - 15th October, Stockholm

There’s No Place Like Home (Group Show) – Will’s Art Warehouse, 29th July – 18th September, London

FLOCK 2017 (Group Show), 25th July - 25th August - GX Gallery, London

Capsticks Exhibition 2017 (Group Show) - Capsticks Law Firm, London

Wimbledon College of Arts Undergraduate Degree Show (Group Show), 15th - 24th June - Wimbledon College of Arts, London

The Currents of Identity (Group Show), 18th - 23rd April - Crypt Gallery, London

109 Nails (Group Show), 9th - 12th March - Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London


2016

Mind Map (3 Person Show), 3rd – 6th May - The Gallery on the Corner, London 
Indigo Planning Offices, May 2016 - May 2017, Wimbledon, London
Capsticks Exhibition 2016 (Group Show) - Capsticks Law Firm, London

 

2014
 

Foundation Diploma Show, 12th – 17th May – Camberwell College of Art, London

Prizes

 

2017 Landmark Award (1st Place)

2017 Wimbledon Arts Society Award (1st Place)

2017 Jackson’s Open Painting Prize Longlist
2016 Indigo Planning Prize for Painting (2nd Place)

Publications

Art Rooms London 2018 Catalogue

Notable Collections

UAL Collection

© Beth Horner Artist

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