Astrid Hörr - Mann

Astrid Hörr - Mann

Location: Germany

My today´s work as an artist is based on two sources:

First, as a young draftsman I followed an apprenticeship as a ceramic artist with focus on sculpture.

After that, my interest in art therapy methods led to training as a practitioner in psychotherapy, with a great affinity to Far Eastern forms of meditation.

From these two sources I generate my creative ideas and furthermore get through meditative transcendence in the artistic exploration of existential topics.

The influence of Japanese ink art made for me the "Enso", in the technique of "Hitsuzendo", the central theme: in the Hitsuzendo powerful traces of ink arise from the meditation in a dynamic process synchronously to the exhalation. The Enso (jap.; eng. circle) is a classic symbol of Zen. It represents life and the constant search for unattainable perfection. The only way to accomplish life is death: everything being alive and everything that comes from life is "not perfect."

Dealing with this topic is the driving force for me, to work with the Enso: it shows the impossibility of the perfect - every attempt to create the "perfect" circle ends in letting go of this idea.

From its original context, I freed the Enso and I use it as a medium to interpret existential themes. In the connection with the "unachievability of perfection" leads me the question:

How achievable is freedom?



Border “Border”

80 x 125 cm / 2016

Limit “Limit”

100 x 100 cm / 2016

Transformation I “Transformation I”

70 x 100 x 16 cm / 2017