SABRINA HORAK “I’m climbing a mountain and I’m never looking back”
1983: Born in Mödling, Austria
2002-2007: MFA Painting class w/ Hubert Schmalix and Amelie von Wulffen , Academy of fine arts Vienna 2004-2010: Japanese Studies, University of Vienna 2005-2007: Tokyo University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Painting class w/ Masami Kondo 2014-2017: Doctoral Course Oil Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, w/ Mext Scholarship of the Ministry of Education Japan
In her work, Sabrina Horak is examining her identity and the numerous factors influencing it- religion, womanhood, her half Japanese-half Austrian heritage and being an artist.
Horak is mainly depicting herself, and in this series, her body becomes the literal mountain from the exhibition title. Small figures, that resemble Horak as well are climbing up or resting on the various body parts, taking a rest from their ascension, gazing into the distance.
The vividly colored works are executed on veneer wood that she first cuts in shapes with a jigsaw before painting them with Acrylics. Then additional elements, such as the smaller human figures cut from wood or canvas, gold chains, tassels, screws, are attached to provide additional texture to the surface. Horak thinks that her work process of combining separate elements and uniting them in one piece of work- whether that might be on paper or wood-is a reflection of how she is trying to achieve unity between what feels are separate parts of her identity. A struggle, she is trying to share with the viewer in a visually stimulating and entertaining form. The Ascension of the mountain is symbolizing Horak’s path through life. But what is awaiting at the top?