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Friday, November 19

Icelandic Art

                                                            (image from Rice Boy Sleeps)

In the beginning I was pulled to iceland due to this intense flood of incredible art coming straight from the island. In every medium there seems to be an oozing of good coming out. Since being in the country I have asked countless creatives why they think this is and the most common answer was "I don't think this is any different than any other country". I know that seems to take a bit of the magic away but wait right there. How often have you made something and not given it a second thought whether it be a doodle on a notebook, apple pie, the way you set up a spread sheet and received some unexpected praise? I think it's a lot to ask of someone to be the creator and theorist. Why do we do what we do? Does it matter?
As a gift to Bria (the producer) a couple of winters ago I bought her a handmade book by artist(s) Jonsi (from band: Sigur Ros and solo project Jonsi) and Alex (from band: Parachutes) whom work under the heading of "Rice Boy Sleeps". This is a very romantic multi-media project that combines antiquitious images and atmospheric music.  You can't imagine my happy surprise to find this one Tuesday as I am rushing get to an interview with musician Svavar Knútur, I see an entire gallery filled with the original works from the book!  Here is a video of that experience.

There is so much more to discover! Please let yourself be as excited as I am over this!
Here are a few links of artists in different mediums I have been blessed to come across. I will update as they find me.  Please feel free to add to the list. It's fun to see + hear the beautiful ways others are interpreting this world.

Click on name for website:
1) Anna G. Torfadottir 
2) SeaBear
3) Lilja Birgir
4) Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir
    (installation artist)
5) The Weird Girls Project + Olafur Arnalds
    (video artist collective)  (musician) 
6) Andri Snær Magnason
7) Þórunn Hafstað

There are so many more. I will let you and your interest lead you down those paths.

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