I come from a long line of eternal optimists and four generations of architects.
I was born and raised in my father’s childhood home, just one block away from my mother’s childhood home in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the United States of America. My parents went to kindergarten together. I spent my teenage years barrage the steps of the Maryland State House dressed as a smoke stack and dipping my fingers in darkroom chemicals, developing pages of black and white photographs.
In my Bachelor’s studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, which I completed in 2012, I studied in a visual arts program within an academic university. Here, I focused my work in performance, photography and writing. I spent the next few years collaborating with groups of high school students to create collaborative multi-year evolving performative research trajectories about the role of urban design in Boston’s economic and racial dynamics. I began publication and cinema initiatives, started businesses and was engrossed in teasing out the relationship between dance and performance art. There were many publically sited performance works. How to keep finding subtlety, to make site-specific works, relevant performance, with grace? Navigating instrumentalizion. I trained in Ayurveda, became an Ayurvedic cook, worked as a chef, recipe tester, home healthcare worker and post-partum doula.
Three years ago, I crossed the ocean seeking out residencies and research contexts in the Swiss context for my current work, To Inherit The Wind. I am now based in the Netherlands, where I am participating in a study period at the Dutch Art Institute.
Want to work together? Please write to me an email: risa [at] risahorn [dot] com