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Roni Horn (born September 25, 1955) is an American visual artist and writer. Horn's oeuvre, which spans almost four decades, encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography, language, and site-specific installation. The granddaughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, she was born in New York where she lives and works.
Horn explores the mutable nature of art and identity through sculptures, works on paper, photography, and books. She describes drawing as the key activity in all her work because drawing is about composing relationships. Horn’s drawings concentrate on the materiality of the objects depicted. She also uses words as the basis for drawings and other works. Horn crafts complex relationships between the viewer and her work by installing a single piece on opposing walls, in adjoining rooms, or throughout a series of buildings. She subverts the notion of ‘identical experience’, insisting that one’s sense of self is marked by a place in the here-and-there, and by time in the now-and-then. She describes her artworks as site-dependent, expanding upon the idea of site-specificity associated with Minimalism. Horn’s work also embodies the cyclical relationship between humankind and nature—a mirror-like relationship in which we attempt to remake nature in our own image.
For the past 30 years, the work of Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. Since her first encounter with the island as a young arts graduate visiting on a fellowship from Yale, Horn has returned to Iceland frequently over the years. Iceland has been muse and medium to Roni Horn.
About Castello di Ama. Ama is a small hamlet nestled in the Chianti hills: it is located in the town of Gaiole in Chianti in the province of Siena amidst vineyards, olive groves, and forests. The Castello di Ama winery is renowned internationally as one of the world’s best, as well as the site of one of the most important contemporary collections of site-specific works of art. The winery was established in 1972, as the result of the passion of four Roman families, and boasts a total surface area of nearly 230 hectares, of which 80 are dedicated to vineyard cultivation and 40 to olive trees, at an average altitude of 480 meters. The winery’s production of approximately 300 thousand bottles a year comes exclusively from its own vineyards and finds its arechetypal expression in Castello di Ama, an authentic ambassador of Chianti Classico.