Rebecca Horn Cockfeather Mask 1973

Artwork details

Artist
Rebecca Horn born 1944
Title
Cockfeather Mask
Hahnenmaske
Date 1973
Medium Feathers, metal and fabric
Dimensions Displayed: 610 x 150 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002
Reference
T07849

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Horn has described how this mask alters her interaction with others: ‘With the feathers I caress the face of a person standing close to me. The intimate space between us is filled with tactile tension. My sight is obstructed by the feathers. I can only see the face of the other when I turn my head looking with one eye like a bird.’ Through her mimicry of bird movements, Horn suggests the use of plumage as a device for communication and sexual display.

April 2004

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