Franka Hörnschemeyer was born in 1958 in Osnabrück. She is especially known for her installations made with industrial materials.
In 1981, Hörnschemeyer began her studies at the University of in Arts in Hamburg. After receiving a scholarship from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, the artist spent many years in New York City.
Hörnschemeyer constructs her expansive, minimalist objects to be approachable and fitting to the room it is intended for, with a great focus on the materials selected for the sculptures. Thus, the titles of her pieces are often simply the product codes of the materials of which they are composed.
What is most fascinating about her work is how they fill the empty spaces with interpretation and meaning, that that a completely new, heterotopic space is created. Particularly this sensation can be experienced at the war cemetery in Neugnadenfeld. Here, the artist transformed the cemetery into an accessible acoustic labyrinth. Specific, traumatic events are artistically implemented as sensory associations.
In her graphic work, Hörnschemeyer is mainly devoted to the graphic reception of architectural sketches, which become estranged through her unrealistic and ironic composition.
Numerous solo and group exhibitions acknowledged and documented the artistic work of Hörnschemeyer, as for example, the Galerie Baer, Dresden, the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany; the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and the Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, presented works.
Her work has also been included in a wide variety of public collections, such as that of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Museum für Gegenwart, and the collection of the Deutsche Bank, as well as that of the German parliament. The artist has received numerous grants, which include the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Fellowship (1992) and the Vordemberge grant from the City of Cologne (1994).
From 2003 to 2004 she held a visiting professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. Followed in 2007 by the visiting professorship at the California Institute of the Arts. Since 2009, she has been a professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.
Hörnschemeyer lives and works in Berlin.