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  • Titill er á ensku Apertures among the rocks
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  • Útdráttur er á ensku

    During a visit to the vast weathered steel sculptures of Richard Serra, I noticed how rust had shed off on their sides and fallen to the ground. I was immediately inspired. It brought up thoughts of fragility in the industrial heavy architecture that surrounds us in modern developments. How polished and well-maintained surfaces of Modernism can also be vulnerable in its robust appearance. Although the overwhelming potency of heavy metals is its abilities to make us feel separated from nature, it is still subject to natural phenomenons and must ultimately give way to nature’s rules. I have encountered different experiences looking at contrasts between industrial and natural materials in my art practice, both in and out of their natural habitat. Therefore, I have attempted to uncover certain equilibriums found between fundamentally different components. I consider the emotive qualities of these materials, as well as the ethical considerations that have emerged, as I have studied the interactions between the materials; both within my practice and within their natural habitat. Art creation is the act of extracting meaning and form from source materials and interpreting them in a new way, which may already speak for itself; to interpret nature’s own voice. This is no new concept, Michelangelo famously thought within every rock lay an unexplored potential art piece. “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it” -Michelangelo.

    My own art exploration ranges from altering the materials with fire, to call attention to primal shapes and even finding new methods of interpreting man-made objects already existing in the landscape. The ongoing studies has afforded me with the possibility to re-think and approach materials in a different manner. To consider the ‘redistribution’ of elements rather than their demolition or destruction, and to ultimately present the works in a new context.

  • 16.8.2017

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