Rebecca Horn Cockatoo Mask 1973

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Artist
Rebecca Horn born 1944
Title
Cockatoo Mask
Kakadu-Maske
Date 1973
Medium Feathers, metal and fabric
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 440 x 320 x 360 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002
Reference
T07850
Not on display

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Horn described using this mask in a performance exploring ideas of sexual availability and intimacy: ‘My face is covered by two intertwined, closed feather wings. The person standing before me touches the feathers delicately, then separates and opens the wings. The spread wings stretch like long bird wings, and softly enclose around [both] our heads. The feather-enclosure isolates our heads from the surrounding environment, and forces us to remain intimately alone, together.’ The use of the mask is deliberately ambiguous and the performance implies a tension between tenderness and aggression.

September 2004

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