Timothy Horn is one of the most innovative, exciting and thought provoking of the young to mid-career generation of Australian artists working primarily in the field of sculpture. Since 2004 he has been living
in the United States of America, where his work has been achieving critical attention and recognition. His work has been selected for significant group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Andy and Oz: parallel visions at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
The striking sculptural form of Stheno is based on illustrations of jellyfish by the nineteenth century German zoologist Ernst Haeckel. Along with two other chandeliers in the series, the title is taken from the three Gorgon sisters of Greek mythology. The work is at once seductive and unsettling, its visual beauty in opposition to its gargantuan proportions. The internal blue light further suggests ideas of attraction and danger, like the bioluminescence of a jellyfish attracting its prey. When installed the dreamlike, floating, illuminated form of Stheno illustrates the exceptional quality of Horn’s work and his highly inventive use of materials. His work stands out in contemporary art practice as being of the highest calibre – both on a conceptual level and in the care and attention involved in its making.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra