I won't bore you with too much writing, but I will post a few photos to whet your curiosity. My first week in Iceland has been wonderful so far, complete with some aurora borealis sightings! What more could a girl ask for? I don't have any photos of that, but I do have other beautiful tableaux including some in progress shots of my recent crystal casting that will be part of a piece for the museum later this year. I hope you enjoy!
My first week has been interesting to say the least. Everything is new and exciting but slow moving and idyllic at the same time. Icelanders, for the most part, seem to keep to themselves and although the town sign boasts a population of 850, I am sure that I have not seem more than fifty people since my arrival. I’m torn between wanting to stay in my studio and make loads of work, and wanting to let things happen organically while leisurely taking in the splendor of my surroundings. I have been making, as well as exploring and, you got it, elf hunting (the latter has been the least successful) everyday.
I am finding it challenging to step out from my material safety zone and have been constantly repressing the desire to make things out of glass, not that it is possible here. Perhaps I will save those ideas for when I return, and in the meanwhile I have been trying hard to revert back to making things in a material that supports the concept and aesthetic outcome of the piece.
I have been working mostly with photography and objects and materials that are abundant in Olafsfjordur; ice, stone, and fishing accoutrement. So far most of my experiments and ideas have revolved around my emotional state at this part of the journey, although every time I look out the window or go exploring I can’t help but be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells. There is something so breathtakingly poetic about the dark angry seas, black cliffs and white mountains.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do and take a moment to listen to the link above. Some of them have been taken through transparent colored filters that I brought with me…… perhaps more about that in my next post along with some sculptural and installation models ( I have something special planned for the location in the last photo). I will update some works in progress soon........ stay inspired.
After nearly twenty four hours of travel I am happy to have finally arrived in Ólafsfjördur (albeit a little jet lagged). Everything that I've heard about Iceland it true. It's spectacular. The landscape is like something out of a dream, changing from rocky plains to rolling hills to snow covered mountains that meet the sea and back again all within a blink of the eye.
Everyone here is so kind. I spent the day outdoors, hiking and foraging hunter-gatherer style. It is a balmy -1C, which is a pleasure compared to the deep freeze Calgary was in before I left. I'm not yet sure where the paths will take me or what the objects I find will tell me. Right now I am leaving everything open. I have only the things I find outdoors and left over artist supplies at the residence to work with. This is both challenging and curiously liberating. My work has been, dare I say quite complicated with glass as of late and this residency will push me to break my glass shell (insert giggle) and respond spontaneously to my emotions, thoughts and surroundings.
I leave you with some photos of my day. I would like to say thank you again to Listhús í Fjallabyggðis, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Arts Development for investing in this crazy plan of mine. Dream big.