Marguerite Horner (continued...)
Horner is as eager to express herself in words as she is with
her painting. “I remember coming home as a little girl
and being awestruck by seeing a sunset or a plume of smoke.
And being frustrated when I couldn’t paint what I saw.
I wondered how I could learn to convey what I saw and what
I felt when I saw it. Tolstoy’s definition of art was
that it was communicating a feeling you’ve had to other
people across space and time. This is what I’m trying
to do. But sometimes I don’t realise the feeling I’m
trying to convey until I’m painting. Sometimes something
profound comes out and you think ‘where did that come
Horner peppers her sentences with cultural references: she
seems to have drawn on a number of art theorists and philosophers
to reach an understanding of her art. She makes cultural allusions
in the titles of her work, though sometimes it takes her time
to realise where they have come from. Her works are called
things like ‘Cloud of Thorns,’ ‘Valley of
the Shadow’, ‘Unstable Wave of Doubt’, ‘Even
Deeper’ and ‘Until She Listens She Will Hear Nothing’.
The titles are interesting but essentially, I suppose, unimportant.
The paintings speak for themselves. I’m looking forward
to being alone in the gallery to immerse myself into their
world of light and shadows. AL