Around Here, a series of twelve collage works, sits in relation to a larger body of work titled To See Stars over Mountains. This larger series, comprising 365 collages produced throughout 2021, emerged from the artist’s daily practice of walking-related image making. Every day for the duration of 2021, Horvat has taken a photograph while out walking, which she prints out and alters in different ways – through drawing, collaging, cutting, tearing, folding, etc. – to imagine alternative possibilities for the locations she walks through.
Around Here mirrors the logic of To See Stars over Mountains but deploys it within a different temporal frame. While the larger series was produced one per day over the course of an entire year, the images that make up Around Here were taken on a single day, during an hour-long walk in Horvat’s North London neighbourhood.
In Around Here, the interventions the artist has enacted upon the twelve photographs centre on a singular gesture of tearing the photographic print by hand, whereby the rough torn edge appears as a continuation of certain lines and shapes found in the photograph. Via the tear, the trace of action and the materiality of paper both become part of a transformed image, a captured photographic moment which is expanded to create new visual and imaginative possibilities.
The twelve unique works are available from PEER. Purchase of a work from Around Here series will directly support PEER’s programmes. Each original piece is accompanied by a limited edition hand-stitched artist book documenting the entire series.