Photo Book Dummy Review at Good Transfer Gallery in Munich, Germany

I wrote about this today on Munich Artists so I thought I would share some information about what I’m doing with my photography and the feedback shared at the book dummy critique.

The Book Dummy

For a few years, I’ve been taking photos of the paper on the streets of Munich.  This first started with construction fences and then moved to the street poles.

The content of fences and poles changes quickly in some areas of the city more than others and after looking at some of the photo books at the Good Transfer Gallery, I may start documenting poles as part of my art practice. (Goal for 2017)

For the review, I brought my street pole dummy book and I told the group the issue I was having with the idea.



Photo of Munich Poles – Do you remember this dog? He was never found and may still be running wild through Munich.


Lots of Munich Poles by Emmy Horstkamp for photo book. (Top photo has gesso added)


Street pole in Munich Germany. Experimenting with painting on the pole  – This photo has gesso added.


  • Issue:  How do I get people to draw in the book?
  • Solution:  Tell them to decorate the pole.  Ah, so easy.

The photo book contains lots of images of poles and I hope people will be willing to decorate the poles or, clean them up by just adding gesso.  So the instructions will say, decorate the pole or clean up the pole with white paint.  Those are the options I’m going to offer people in the short and sweet instruction page.

Now that we have solved the instruction manual part, I can proceed and will have this book on Amazon in a few weeks.

Fine Art Book 

I have been working with encaustic for awhile now and I shared these pieces below which are based on my pole photos.



Artwork by Emmy Horstkamp 2016


The art pieces above are my pole photographs abstracted using ink and encaustic.

The guys encouraged me to make limited edition books so this series will turn into artists books.

They art books will be in a series of five all books will have hand dipped pages. I still have to figure out how I want to bind the books or if I will be making book boxes to hold the book pages. I have them dipped in wax to keep them forever.


KloHaeuschen Spa Article in MucBook

I had a great time with journalist Leonie Meltzer at the KloHaeuschen Spa.   The spa is now in its second week and I’ve started working on the KloHaeuschen Spa memoir.

The memoir was not a planned part of this project but an idea added on after guests started telling me stories.  This was an unexpected and happy surprise for me so I decided to do something with these shared words.

The memoir will be a combination of their words and mine – their experience and a few of my lifetime experiences released at the KloHaeuschen Spa.

Want to know how I write? You can read a few flash fiction stories here.


Hallo says Hello to the KloHaeuschen Spa

I’ve been making art for decades but this year I decided to focus on making larger projects and getting some press. This desire is not spurred on by my ego but the desire to get German grants for larger projects.

In Germany, there is a system of funding for artists that does not exist in America. Some of these funding opportunities require the artists to validate their seriousness through press coverage and press articles about their artwork.

When I first started Munich Artists, I couldn’t understand why the artists kept pushing me to connect with the press for coverage but after Munich Artists started working with a PR agent, we found out that press was important for funding projects and being offered future opportunities so now, we are keeping one eye open for press opportunities.

Now that I have three articles, I can start applying for grants to help with my 500 Artists Series and continue building larger installations.

KloHaeuschen Spa – November 5 – December 9, 2016


And this is how we are ending 2016.  The KloHaeuschen Spa is one of my favourite installations of this year because it is located in Sendling and it integrates the different parts of my art practice into one completed piece.

The installation opened on Saturday with an open house for people to see the inside of Das KloHaeuschen.  The space is a men’s toilet house that was closed down a few years ago and then converted into an art idea.

I say art idea because it isn’t an art space.  Das KloHaeuschen is an entity that the artists must interact with and work with to create their installation.   When I first heard about the toilet house, I thought it would be fun to work with the idea of dirty words and getting rid of them playing on the idea of “potty mouth,” but when I entered the space, the idea of turning Das KloHaeuschen into a place to be relaxed and centered became my focus.

I liked the idea of taking a men’s toilet house, a place where men went to “relax” and making it into a place where women would want to relax.  combining those two very different spaces into one.

Through the spa treatments, I will be collecting video and audio clips which I will use to make a final video and I will be writing a memoir during the installation which I will publish in December 2016 as the spa closes its doors.

I will keep you updated over the next few weeks on the progress of the spa and you can follow the spa on our Facebook page or on the KloHaeuschen Spa website.

My True Self – Lange Nacht der Muenchner Museen Installation

“My True Self” (Mein wahres Ich)  Installation von Emmy Horstkamp & Munich Artists

October 15, 2016

Masken im Spiegel

In unserer heutigen Gesellschaft tragen Menschen “Masken”, um ihr wahres Ich zu verbergen. Sie wollen nicht, dass ihre Umwelt mitbekommt, wie sie fühlen und wer sie wirklich sind.

Der rechte Spiegel ist voller solcher Masken, die Künstlerinnen und Künstler von Munich Artists während einer Installation im Juli 2016 abgelegt haben. Sie haben im übertragenen Sinne ihre Ängste und den Konformitätszwang der Gesellschaft abgelegt, um ihr wahres Ich zu zeigen.

Die Rückseite des Schranks ist verspiegelt, so dass Sie einen Blick auf das wahre Ich der Künstlerinnen und Künstler werfen können. Sie sehen damit auch die innere Schönheit hinter den Ängsten und Sehnsüchten der Menschen.

Du bist Deine eigenen Gedanken

Der Spiegel auf der linken Seite möchte, dass Sie einen positiven Gedanken finden. Viele Menschen schauen auf ihr eigenes Spiegelbild und haben negative Gedanken, indem sie lediglich auf Äußerlichkeiten schauen. Das Konzept des Spiegels versucht dies zu verändern und lenkt Ihre Aufmerksamkeit zurück auf Ihre Gedanken.


Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie im Rahmen dieser Installation ein Foto von sich selbst im Spiegel machen würden und dies auf Facebook oder Instagram mit dem hashtag mytrueself (#mytrueself) teilen könnten. Ich werde die Bilder sammeln und auf unserer Munich Artists Website ( posten.

Mask Artists:

Dorothea Grimme

Katrin Klug

Brigitte Hoppstock

Allun Turner

Gabriela Popp

Ines Seidel

Verena Friedrich 

(Emmy Horstkamp)


Project: 500 Artists Play Cards -Kickstarter Begins!

Sometimes I’m so busy and immersed that I forget to talk about what I’m doing!  Today, I launched the Kickstarter for our Munich Artists Playing Cards event and deluxe card deck.  The information about the 500 Artists Play Cards project can be found here.  The Munich Artists Kickstarter can be found here.


I will be talking quite a bit about this over the next few weeks before the Balloon Walk and the KloHaeuschen Spa.



Fill The Void – August 30, 2016


My 1k balloons arrived.  Look how cool they are.  On Tuesday August 30th, I will be blowing up 1k balloons and filling the void located at Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse (A corner lot that will be a construction site starting in September 2016.)  Blowing up the balloons and placing them in the location will take about four hours but I’m going to start at 1300 so that I have plenty of time before I’ve asked people to come and take a balloon and get their portrait filling the void.

The installation/ art happening is called Fill the void and I’m asking people to come and share how they fill the void.   They can interpret that anyway they want.    I will photograph them with a balloon and if they share with me how they fill the void, I will photograph them with that notecard too so that I can keep track of the person and the void they fill.  I will be videotaping the process and the end result but I will be photographing the people because I’m one person.

The balloons are blue.

Why did I pick blue?   The artwork created by HNRX is red and looks kind of like a shrimp so my balloons will be the waves of a sea underneath.  Waves of change.  Waves of enlightenment. Waves of tired Mingas ready to relax and have a beer.

Blue has so many symbolic meanings which can also be associated with the project but I wanted to let you know that I picked blue because of water and waves and the serene feeling blue gives me.  I also want to give Maxvorstadt a big dose of blue colour therapy too.

If you want to join me, I will be blowing up balloons most of the afternoon. If you want to participate, you are welcome to come at 1900 on August 30th to the corner or Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse, Munich Germany (Near Stiglmaierplatz)