Traditionally, artists paint on pre-woven canvas or linen, but Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, pictured above in her studio, subverts that tradition. She begins by painting individual silk threads and then weaves the threads into the support surface, creating large-scale, ethereal, landscape paintings in the process.
Referencing the mountain landscape of her native Iceland, particularly Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier, and Hekla, an active stratovolcano, Jónsson's labor-intensive paintings, made on a ten-foot loom, draw our attention to process, time and memory. In this video produced by Arts Prize Cleveland, Jónsson shows how she makes the paintings and discusses her relationship to the landscape:
An installation of Jónsson's work is on view at Pocket Utopia through Sunday, December 15.
One of Jónsson's reference photographs taken in Iceland, where she spends the summer months.
Installation at Tang Museum at Skidmore College, where Jónsson's solo show is on view through December 29, 2013.
Installation view, Tang Museum.
Jónsson's work is deeply meditative, fusing image and object, art and craft. Her weaving-paintings deftly translate the breathtaking results of earth's geologic history into sublime image poems, wonderfully conveying the fleeting nature of time and the beauty of memory.
"Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson: a solo show," Pocket Utopia, New York, NY. Through December 15, 2013. Closing reception on Saturday, December 14, 6-8 pm.