A solo show by María Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir will open on Saturday March 9th at 2pm - 4pm in RÝMD, Völvufell 13-21. The exhibition is a part of solo exhibitions by graduating students in MA Fine Art Programme at the Iceland University of the Arts.
María Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir
A prism captures light and distributes colours on the grids of a game of Snakes and Ladders. A dice has six equivalent surfaces, stairs take you up, snakes take you down. The game of cards is dependent on chance. Do not look through your eyes but through the viscera, the breath, the neurotransmitters, and feel the sweet taste of pain on your tongue.
In my artwork, I explore how one turns difficulties and traumas in life into a source for creative energy and play. During this process, I incorporate many components, digging into memories, reading dictionaries and the periodic table whilst trying to capture tableaus that softly touch the ear in the middle of the night.
The installation …my yoke is easy and my burden is light, is inspired by thoughts that come to mind during sleep when logical thinking is dormant and fantasy reigns. The periodic table contains knowledge on the nature of existence in numbers and symbols. The carbon element has the number six. It is all around us and it can make millions of compounds alone and with other substances. Carbon is all pervasive, a metaphor of the curiosity of life, forever searching for new relationships.
María Hrönn holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Iceland University of the Arts, and a diploma in ceramics from the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. She also holds a M.A. in Pharmacy from the University of Iceland. She is currently completing her M.A. in Fine Arts at IUA.