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)


500 Artists Fill The Void – An Art Happening in Munich


I wrote about Luekenfuelle this week and emailed Luekenfuelle asking them when we could plan something for the space. The group responded by saying that Munich Artists could do something in the space before it closed in September but, they were not in the city so would not be available to support us in any way.   I quickly sent an email back saying I would fill the void both in time and space, with artists and that folks, was the end of my staycation.

The idea is to visual show how artists fill a void in a city with positive energy and creativity.  The “Artists” do not have to be professional artists and we will be asking the neighbourhood to join us in helping us fill the space with our balloons and positive energy.

The challenge?  This is the holiday season in Germany and most of the artists are in some other country baking on a beach or hiking a mountain.  I know this may be strange for Americans, but Munich does lose many of its residents during August when the public schools are on holiday.

On the 30th, I will be there early in the day blowing up balloons.  I want to fill the space with balloons and then the people will each pick a balloon and explain how they fill a void by writing it on the balloon. They can swap balloons or give them to people or take them home.   I was thinking of sticking them in the subway window at Odeonsplatz on August 30th because the space will be empty.

This idea for Fill a Void started on August 18th.  Today is August 19th and we have until August 30th to get everything in place.  Here is the Facebook Event Page where I will keep you updated.

Wish me luck in person or just by sending positive vibes to Munich.

A personal note: My mother is still incapacitated.  She has 24 hour care at home that the whole family is paying for because it isn’t covered by insurance.  Maybe this spurred the filling the void idea?  What happens when there is a big hole of nothing in your life?  For my mother, the family stepped in.  For Munich, hopefully the artists and Mingas will step into place.

I’ve Got a Bike And so Does Every German Which Is Why I Made This a Theme for Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge

You can’t hide behind your bike like you can hide behind your car.  If you see someone you don’t want to see, you have to hop on your bike and ride like a madman in the opposite direction.  Bikes and Wheels are a favourite for my street photography but not for my illustrative art. I once drew a pen and ink of wheels and the art instructor kept telling me they represented breasts. Since then, I take out any kind of sexual reference from my work when it includes wheels or two circles (when I can.)

If you know me, I’m not focusing on sex. I focus on things like my sanity, your sanity, home, my cultural identity.  Sex is not a topic. The closest I got to making a sexual piece was last week’s encaustic piece which was sensual but not erotic.  Brigitte Pruchnow touched the piece which made me happy but panicky after someone bought it. Such a dilemna when an art piece has been made to be touched!

When my art is still in the studio, I can do what the heck I want with an art piece but once it is bought, the buyer has an expectation that the piece will look like the photo/exhibition display/studio visit. The piece is at my house right now until it is collected and it is hard not to go and melt the circle a bit and add a bit more wax.  luckily I have another piece that I’m working on with the same words to distract me. It will be more illustrative with hands… I think.  I find with encaustic, my plans just go flying out the window after the second layer of wax.  It is just too much fun and I enjoy more abstracted pieces even when I’m collaging.

“Hello. Touch Me.” Encaustic on Wood. July 2015. 40 x 40 In Private collection. (Sold.)

This morning the theme is bikes and I started snapping photos of bike shadows and the table at a cafe near Gartnerplatz.  I would have snapped a photo of the two gay men pinching each other’s nipples while on their bikes and waiting for the light to change but I am supposed to be photographing myself so I refrained from taking the shot. Also, in Germany I would need their permission to use the photograph and that is a kill joy for spontaneous shots like the image I saw.  Your behaviour in Germany is private unless a group of you are pinching each other nipples, then I could photograph you but then I would not be interested because it would probably be photographed by 100s of other German photographers.   Back to bikes.

Closeup of the cafe table. I like the textures in this shot.

shadows near my cafe table which include a bike.

shadows near my cafe table which include a bike.

Hiding behind my bike

Hiding behind my bike

Same hiding shot in monochrome

This is how I stand when I’m waiting for the light to change. I used a tripod and an arm to capture the overhead shot.

I like the handle bar shot and may try a closer version of this later on or one that is even higher up. The problem with this shot is that I look like a playmobil character.

Let the fun begin. collaging the images shown above.

second version of monochrome collage

Now bring in the colour.

Looking for ways to break up that big black block from the original shot. I added the bike shadow from the cafe table.

The Garden – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge

The last couple of days I have been taking only one to three photos and layering them into a final piece which means I did not have extra shots to share. Today’s theme changed that. I have lots of photographs that I’m happy to share.  I took the shots using my tripod, a photo stick attached as an arm (cost is 8 Euro for those silly arms everyone carries around) and my iphone 6 plus (photo processing in snapseed). Here I am playing explorer in my garden.

Emmy Horstkamp Exploring her Garden

I like this photo so much I may print it. I decided to use the grunge filter on snapseed which added the nice texture. It is the first time I’ve used the grunge filter and I’m happy with the results. I may even use this shot in an ecaustic piece.

Emmy Exploring black and white

This is the exploring shot desaturated. The garden is so full of color right now that it overwhelms me. All those shades of green! I will have fun playing with this shot in all kinds of arrangements. I tried the grunge filter and loved it and will work on creating an illustration around the photograph (now that I have a lightbox I can do that.)

Desaturated and blur added. I wanted to focus on me as a plant in my back yard reaching my hands up to the sun. (I shot this in the morning.)

Desaturated shot. I love this photograph in both color and without color thanks to the sun’s yellow on my skin. I promised myself to do everything on the phone for the challenge but I may take this photo into photoshop and do a bit of work just to clean it up a bit.

It isn’t as dramatic with colour but I love the color on my skin from the light. I wish I had moved over a bit so that it touched both arms. I will work on this photo in photoshop but I like the composition. I also think this shot will go into my illustratation folder. I want to make that into a little series.

Desaturated iphone 6 plus photo. I like the composition. I like this shot better without color but then I like most things without colour.

emmy in garden with sun on face and eyes closed

I would work on this photo in photoshop to differentiate the greens a bit. It feels like they are all the same right now. I would want them to be darker. I would want those leaves on the ground to be more prominent. I am ok with me. I can’t straighten my shirt without being too invasive but I might crop it a bit more.

emmy and a tree

I used this shot for the challenge. I found it funny. It reminds me of those baby shots where people pose babies in weird angles or a shot from the 20s where a woman is doing something very athletic but wearing high heels and with full makeup. I tried making myself look like I was being swallowed by a plant… my backyard is in full foliage and is a bit like a jungle. My hair is everywhere too which would drive some people crazy but it is how my hair is.  It is always all over the place except the hour when I leave the hair salon.

Day Twenty – Ignored him and He Gave Me His All

My little tomato plant that is. For day 20 of the Munich Artists Self Portrait challenge, we are supposed to create a photograph with some produce. I decided to highlight my little tomato produced in my garden by a very tiny plant for a very disinterested artist.    I used my iphone 6 plus and a tripod.  The light is not so great today.  This would have been an excellent day to have either lighting or my canon camera.  Oh well.  This is an iphone challenge for me and I’m learning the challenges of photographing with my iphone.

Focus is not quite there for this shot.

Covering my 3rd eye

I like how it is shaped like my chin.

This shot reminds me of Star Trek. I’m a Borg.

With this shot I played with layering the photograph on the iphone. I like this image and will continue to play with this idea.