If searching the internet in relation to feminism and the country of Iceland the initial results will say: Why Iceland is the Best Place in the World to be a Woman, or Seven Feminist Laws Iceland has that the World Needs. While it is true that Iceland boasts being the number one country on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row as well as having some of the most progressive legislation around women’s rights in the world; is it truly a feminist utopia? The artist journeyed to Iceland as both feminist pilgrim and pseudo-scientist to discover the truth. Using the methods of ethnology, the artist observed Icelandic culture, distributing surveys and conducting interviews with the women of the country. As a pilgrim created iconographic artworks that honor the extensive and inspiring history of Icelandic feminists. The work created while in residence at Heima for the months of April, May and June of 2018 as well as recorded interviews have been archived at Kvennasögusafn Íslands. The interviews will be used in sound installations/sculpture which are currently being developed.
Venus of Raudsokkreyfingin
This work is inspired by the venus sculpture used by the Icelandic Red Stockings on May 1, 1970. Carried by women as they joined the Worker’s March uninvited, the monumental sculpture created a barrier between the women and those who would have stopped them from protesting.
Utilizing a portable air compressor and texture sprayer, artist created an installation by coating the walls of space with wet plaster and colored sand. Interested in texture, color, waste, and artificiality, an experiment in process and capitulation. The process lead to the creation of 'remnant' sculptures; formed through the erosion of the walls. By breaking up of the accumulation of debris at the base of wall, shards were created; micro landscapes/topographies.
Exploration of narcissism in the internet age, referencing an ancient form of transportation. By using two-way glass, artist creates private space while showcasing the occupant; exploring ideas of privacy vs. public persona, self-servicing and narcissism. Goal is for vehicle to be for performative work.