ANDREA HORNICK is artist and shaman, borrowing from the roles of art historian, curator, and museum guide. She is informed by the history of painting, the economics of collecting, the politics of reproduction, historiography, post-feminism, and shamanism. Hornick paints in the pristine, lush fashion of old master workshops, in a practice rooted in text and performance that expands into audio. Her work takes the form of careful reproductions of Renaissance portraiture with the addition of the sitter's spirit animal. The animals are found through a shamanic drumming practice that Hornick learned in childhood. The paintings, while richly layered, have a flatness that is intentional. Their glossy surfaces are screen-like in a sense, a reference to their beginnings as reproductions of images of the original pieces. The paintings refer to how we interact with these historical works; preferring shiny, imagined retellings to direct engagement with the source paintings.
Andrea Hornick received her B.A. from Oberlin College, and later an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown internationally, and extensively in New York and Los Angeles; most recently with David Krut Projects NY, for which the catalogue Andrea Hornick Recent Work: 1460-1865 was published. A 1999 publication, Andrea Hornick: works from 1779-1798 was published for an installation and performance of the same name. She currently teaches a course entitled Museum as Site: Critique, Intervention, and Production, offered to fine art, architecture, and art history graduate students, and drawing courses at the University of Pennsylvania. Hornick has also taught at Barnard College, Oberlin College, and Auckland University, and as a Museum Teacher at The Jewish Museum, The Cooper HewittNational Design Museum, The Morgan Library, and the Museum of Natural History. She was a Visiting Artist at Oberlin College and the University of California At Davis. Hornick divides her time between New York City and Philadelphia.