You Are The Weather.
Photographs by Roni Horn.
Scalo, Berlin, 1997. 126 pp., 36 black-and-white illustrations and 66 color illustrations, 9½x11¼".
'Big enough to get lost on. Small enough to find yourself. That's how to use the island. I come here to place myself in the world. Iceland is a verb and its action is to center.'-Roni Horn on Iceland
A girl's luminous face rises again and again from the hot springs of Iceland. Watch the slight changes of her expression. Observe closely the face's opaque surface that will not yield the soul. An enigma without solution. You know nothing about her. All you can see are her ever shifting moods and the water. It's always the same face and yet never alike. Like the weather. Always changing and beyond meaning. A surface that invites you to project your own desires, thoughts, and dreams; and yet it will always resist the power of your gaze. Like the sky, the clouds, the rain.
'These photographs were taken in July and August of 1994. For a six-week period I traveled with Margrét throughout Iceland. Using the naturally heated waters that are commonplace there, we went from pool to pool.'
You are the Weather is an extraordinarily beautiful artist's book, as minimal as it is complex. It confronts you with the mysterious surface of one woman's face. The book is an intimate and erotic work of art, without ever being sexual or explicit at all. You are the Weather will not provide you with the usual passive viewing experience of a common art book: you will find yourself caught by an unknown woman's face, experience both its beauty, depth, and opacity. Your eyes will be locked but she won't return your gaze. An artist's book as challenging and enigmatic as it is beautiful and intimate.
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