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On the Spot: Karen Horne

Karen Horne on the spot:

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WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?

I’m currently reading Byron Katie’s “I need your Love – Is it True?”. This book explores the universal quest for approval and I’m fascinated by how this search can affect or even interfere with our true paths as artists. How are we shaped/ affected by the general public’s and the market’s response to our artwork? Does the quest to please or to repeat successes prevent us from taking risks?

WHAT IS HANGING ABOVE YOUR MANTEL?

We continually rotate our art, and own work by many artists- but at the moment the painting above our mantel is a cityscape in snow I painted at Yale. I wanted to reconnect with the freedom of the paint and the clarity of light that’s in that work.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ANY ARTST TO PAINT OR SCULPT YOUR PORTRAIT WHO WOULD IT BE?

I’d go for Matisse. I attended his huge NYC retrospective three times during its run, and adore the patterns, saturated color, and the sensuousness of his paintings. I’d wear something very gypsy-like.

This originally appeared in the May 2005 edition of 15 Bytes

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