Dates2017 - Ongoing
- Locations Iceland, California
These works are hand cut and assembled using archival inkjet prints and mixed media, such as black fabric, branches, wood panels, thread and glue creating multidimensional sculptural pieces.
I was driven to photograph the Icelandic landscape 20 years ago, after I moved to the United States and realized how closely my homeland was connected to my identity and sense of being. In the beginning I aimed to visually invoke a sense of place and the emotional response awaken by being present in a landscape. Over the years photographing in Iceland I have noticed dramatic changes in the landscape which has compelled me to incorporate that into the work. Speaking to these changes I am cutting up images and altering them in various ways, removing glaciers revealing black, suggesting their absence, as well as using text on global warming emphasizing the urgency of the situation. In other pieces I am utilizing human biological patterns, such as those of fingerprints, retinal veins or brain circuits indicating our personal connection to nature and the responsibility for our impressions and impact on the world around us. Recently I’ve been inspired by the resilience of nature, where grass can often be seen growing out of concrete cracks and have incorporated that into the work. Utilizing that pattern the removed parts of the landscape reveal nature underneath suggesting renewal and hope. I am also wrapping photographs around branches and weaving the landscape together as a symbol of both the destruction caused by climate change and our responsibility to take action.