Risa Horowitz


Thirtieth Year by Day | 2000-2003 | database collection installation ||Generic Form||

Day 19 and Day 116

Thirtieth Year by Day was designed to collect a defined set of personal data over the span of one year, commencing with my thirtieth birthday (December 28, 2000). As a single, career-driven woman in her early thirties, I found myself at odds with common concepts of Romance. Continuously balancing a sense of independence (or "independent womanhood") against a sentimental desire for companionship and romantic love this modern woman was determined to convince herself of the mythology of the "knight in shining armour."


This work was completed with the assistance of Ilana Schwartz, who was hired to create the smart illustrations used to visualize the collected data. The work was first exhibited at The Mendel Art Gallery in the exhibition Daring Confessions: Romance and the Modern Day Woman curated by Alexandra Stratulat, in September 2003.


click here to view the exhibition essay by curator Alexandra Badzak (nee Stratulat)

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