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:
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