Marlene Horn - Reverse glass painter
Rolf Horn - Olive Wood Sculptor
Marlene and Rolf live and work in a particular context, where the greatest painter and
sculptor of all time- the nature - is creating again and again the most beautiful works of art,
in which Marlene and Rolf, their home, their workshops, the fields, the olive trees, the hills,
the colours, the sky, the earth, the sun, the peace and whatever, all details are perfect.
They share, in clearly differentiated way, in mutual affection their needs, their curiosity,
their ambition, exploring new techniques and artistic visions of beauty, inspired by the
desire to achieve their common goals.
They complement each other perfectly. There is Marlene, a soft, yet strong woman, being
mother, wife, sister, friend, colleague of Rolf. As a result she decreases his doubts, his
insecurity, fear and violence inside of him, at the same time she can give him more strength
of character and creativity. There is Rolf, an impetuous man of the great battles, of
passions, desires, ideals and dreams, all in opposition to each other, in Marlene he finds his
inner peace and serenity, which are absolute.
Both work and are very happy in their creative work on high, very high level, which
probably does not bring great material satisfaction, but fills the heart with light and richness
of soul. They are two artists - two great artists. Marlene the glass painter and Rolf the
sculptor of olive wood, who are distinct and yet complementary.
Marlene the painter, and Maestra and Patrona of light and colours in perfect harmony with
the transparency of the glass, represents and describes in a 360 degree rotation the
musicality and the harmony of life in a contemporary and dynamic rigidity.
Rolf the sculptor, what a great sculptor, who always manages, in a very natural way,
to give back the dead wood his life, by changing olive logs in animated icons and tells us
about history, culture, traditions, religion, loans, jewellery. Again and again, by an inner
enlightenment, which opens the soul, the heart, the spirit and the drive of this brilliant man,
who is capable (almost insane) to communicate with the dead olive wood and the
transforms wood into an Opera Viva - in a living work of art.
What a lovely, very human image Marlene and Rolf are!
They appear to us as being the protagonist of an invented fiction, a seemingly contradictory
mix of adventures, hiking, success and failure, happiness and misery, of great pain and great
joy. But the story is true.
Marlene and Rolf, they are real, and they are an example of a cultural, fascinating and ever-
changing life hike!
This unique artist couple is free flying in their constant pursuit of beauty.
It is a great honour and a great joy for me introducing them.
Thank you Marlene. Thank you Rolf.
Edoardo Liberio - friend and admirer