Sarah Nour: Reflecting on Sabrina Hornung Exhibit at the HoDo

From now until September, The Restaurant at the Hotel Donaldson will feature the artwork of Sabrina Hornung. A reception was held on Monday the 17th, complete with food and refreshments. It was a free event for all ages and Hornung was present to answer any questions about her work.

Hornung, a Jamestown native, majored in photography at MSUM and currently lives in Fargo, ND. She’s one of the founders of Bad Weather Burlesque and editor-in-chief of the High Plains Reader. Her work has been featured at the Rourke Art Gallery, the Plains Art Museum, and other local venues.

The current collection at the HoDo has a particular focus on natural landscapes all across North Dakota. With her collection of cyanotype prints embellished with watercolor pencil, Hornung pays tribute to the prairie, from its ghost towns and abandoned farmhouses to its state landmarks and pioneer exhibits.

Photos of Midwest tourist destinations include “Wildlife Museum,” located in Jamestown, and “World’s Largest Sandhill Crane,” a famous 40-foot sheet metal statue in Steele. “Tools from the Binek Coal Mine” features remnants of a mine near Dickinson founded by Frank Binek in 1920.

Also on display are Hornung’s mixed-media collages, made with photographs, transparencies, and paint (acrylic and spray). One of her more memorable pieces is “My Place is a Pigsty,” an image of a woman with a pig’s head standing in a broken-down cabin.

Hornung’s mixed-media pieces have won several awards from the JFAA Annual Juried Exhibitions. They have been featured at the Arts Center in Jamestown, the Pekin Days Art Festival, and The Badlands Art Association in Dickinson.

Two unique pieces, “Jackelope Valentine” and “Sunflowers,” are works of scherrenshnitte, a traditional art form that translates to “scissor cuts” in German. Years ago, Hornung was awarded a grant from the North Dakota Council for the Arts to study both scherrenshnitte and wycinanki, the traditional Polish art of papercutting.

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