Elísabet Anna Kristjánsdóttir, Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir
A line has been drawn between Sigrún Gyða and Svavar Guðnason, Elísabet Anna and Karl Kvaran. The line is diverse; either hard and straight, or soft and tortuous, sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes it’s weak. Kvaran’s drawing acts as a clue in Elísabetar Anna’s work, and Guðnason’s drawing connects Sigrún Gyða to old memories. The lines have finally formed a coherent and clear picture where the subject is a sincere and mysterious conversation between four artists.
In her work The Treasure Hunt, Elísabet plays with a narrative in which something has happened. Possibly something has been found or lost, and there is even a mystery that can be solved. In the work, you find found photographs, colors and shapes from Kvaran's drawing that act as clues and portals into other worlds. With the work Pareidolia's Dream, Sigrún studies the colors and shapes in Svavar Guðnason's artwork. The shapes in Guðnason's drawing travel with Sigrún to a psychology session she attended as a child following a benign brain tumor the size of a tomato and the hallucinations after doses of morphine. Pareidolia becomes a symbol for the sun and describes her fears of escalating temperatures, impending obscurity, microplastics and her parents' arguments in front of the television.
Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir (b.1993) uses her background in music to create artworks on the border of visual art and classical compositions, but her works can be described as site specific plays translating connections, cycles and confrontations. She has a singing degree and an MA in visual arts from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (2021). Svavar Guðnason (1909 – 1988) was active in a group of artists identified with Cobra. The chalk drawing you see in the exhibition is from 1935, it is untitled and it came into the museum's collection in 1985.
Elísabet Anna Kristjánsdóttir (b.1988) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. In her process, she uses her background in photography to examine fragmentary memories and narratives influenced by the poetic every day. She has a master’s degree in visual arts from Malmö Art Academy (2021). Karl Kvaran (1924 – 1989) is one of our best-known abstract painters, Ísafjörður Art Museum has two of his artworks in its collection. In the exhibition you find an untitled drawing by Kvaran, the year it came into the museum’s collection was 1987.
Artists: Elísabet Anna Kristjánsdóttir, Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir