Artist Talk: Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir
Artist Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir talks about her exhibition As if to Demonstrate an Eclipse with works in dialogue with Ásmundur Sveinsson and the building of Ásmundarsafn. In Icelandic.
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Sirra’s works are cosmical, often connected to speculations about our position within the inner workings of nature, physics and the forces that drive the world. Her works often call upon our position as individuals, our significance and insignificance, and where the small is placed in the context of the large. Meaning is transformed from one phenomenon to another; a new perception, new vision. Many of Ásmundur's works connect to his curiosity in the movement and law of the celestial bodies. In particular, this appears in abstract works from the sixties and seventies, that also relate to the general interest in man's exploration in space at that time. Among works in the exhibition is the well-known Face of the Sun, an ode to the sun, our prerequisite for life on earth. This and other works by Ásmundur harmonise deeply in Sirra’s installation.
In her exhibition in Ásmundarsafn, Sirra uses Ásmundur’s largest sculpture, the building itself, and reflected sunrays, to create a massive drawing in the form of an abstract sundial. Ásmundur made various attempts to interpret the laws of nature through the shapes, lines and materials of his sculptures. Scientific discoveries inspired him to develop new imagery. Sirra’s new work form a dialogue with selected works by Ásmundur and his world of ideas. They nod to his sincere interest in technology and science, and to his sensitivity to different materials and various approaches, reflected in the fearlessness with which he changed his style and methods throughout his career.
The exhibition As If to Demonstrate an Eclipse is the first of two exhibitions opening in Ásmundarsafn in 2021. An exhibition with new works by Carl Boutard and Ásmundur’s historic works will open in the autumn. With these exhibitions, Ásmundarsafn opens after its greatest renovation since opening to the public in 1986. Visitors gain a new perspective on the legacy of the well-known and beloved artist through the lens of two contemporary artists and in the beautiful surroundings that Ásmundarsafn and the park shape.
Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir graduated with a BA from Iceland University of the Arts in 2001, and an MA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2013. She has held solo exhibitions at Reykjavík Art Museum, The Living Art Museum Reykjavík, Hafnarborg Culture Centre, and Kling & Bang, among other locations, and has participated in group exhibitions and projects around the world, including Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, China, Amos Andersons Konstmuseum in Helsinki, Finland, and at Tate Modern and Frieze Projects in London, England.