When I look at a map, my mind goes traveling. Sometimes going fast, covering great distances in an instant. But more often it goes slowly, stopping here and there, and I loose myself between landmarks with interesting names. The maps enable me to run my finger over mountains and valleys, and to draw circles around streams and waterfalls. I fold the maps into birds. Hills, lava and bogs stretch forward their necks and I give the mountains wings to fly. The birds fly with lava wings, waterfall beaks and geyser tails.
A bunch of old maps, for sale at the local bookshop, were the inspiration for my first Land birds. The maps were of parts of Iceland that for some reason did not sell. Parts of my land that no one seemed to want. I could not resist and bought a whole lot of them. It took me a while to figure out a way to use all those maps in my art, but when I started folding them into birds I was content, because that way none of the lovely landscape went to waste. I handled each square of paper for a long time, stopping at interesting names and places.
When a square of paper is folded into a bird, only a part of the surface remains visible. The best place names may end up inside the wing or under the beak so that they cannot be read. But there they wait until later when the bird is unfolded. Making the birds I take my time to look at the different and interesting names, and try to find out each birds name. I have come across Glacierwings, Fjordheads, Geysergeese and many other interesting birds. Most of the time I cut a map into several smaller pieces and fold each piece into a bird, but sometimes a whole map becomes just one big bird. The maps wait in the shape of a bird to be unfolded, smoothed out, and made to lead the way on future journeys across Iceland.
Lágmyndir / Reliefs
Paper reliefs made of various kinds of paper. Old books, maps, needlepoint patterns, magazines, catalogs, origami papers, or any other kind of paper that catches my fancy can become a relief picture. I fold the pieces of paper, arrange them on a canvas that I have usually painted or covered with paper, and then sew them in place.
Decorative Rounds - Inspired by old woodcarvings at the folk museum in Skógar, Iceland, where I loved to spend time as a child, and by my love of kaleidoscopes and stained glass windows. Arranging colors and forms into patterns has long been among my favorite past times.
I draw with ink on paper, and paint with watercolors, before mounting the pictures on wooden rounds, 10cm in diameter and 3cm thick.
Paintings. Acrylics on wood. 45cm in diameter.
Veggskraut / Wall Decorations are painted on old, previously unused, barrel lids. The patterns are inspired by old woodcarvings at the Skógar folk museum, where I loved to spend time as a child. And where I still love to spend time. Always seeing something new, every time I visit.
Land Strings - Strings of Icelandic landscapes - Necklaces of hand made paper beads strung on a linen thread, along with various other beads and jewellery findings. The paper is old maps of Iceland.
Once you put them on, and you can carry Icelandic landscapes around your neck wherever you go.
Decoration Strings - Necklaces of hand made paper beads strung on a linen thread, along with various other beads and jewellery findings.
Precious bits of hand made, hand printed paper, or sometimes just any old colourful paper scraps, become colourful beads. Once I have given them a few coats of clear varnish they become smooth to the touch. They are light and comfortable to wear around the neck.