Born and raised in Europe, Rosa Nussbaum’s Horizonland is informed by her recent years in Texas. Unable to drive and finding herself as a passenger in a car, Nussbaum reflects upon this dependent and passive relationship to consider how public space in Texas is often imagined as a place for mobile private space. The exhibition is structured as a kind of theme park, using sculpture, performance, video, and a slideshow to explore how the car becomes a lens that focuses and reshapes the world around her. Like one big refracted eye, the vast expanse of the windshield frames her vision as she is surrounded yet disconnected in this membrane of metal.
Rosa Nussbaum (Freiburg, Germany, 1991) is a visual artist based in Austin, Texas.
She received her MFA in Studio Art: Transmedia from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and her BFA from Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK in 2014. Rosa works at the intersection of performance and sculpture with an emphasis on interactivity and technology. Her work explores the place where the (female) body touches the institution. She has exhibited internationally including a commission for Glasgow International 2018, Glasgow, Scotland; Affordable Dreamhouse at the Visual Arts Center Austin, TX; Worldhack Installed at Babycastles Gallery, NYC, NY.