Because of my habit of wondering different aspects of life, I have the need to process my thoughts visually and share my insights with others. My artworks often include some educational perspective and texts that open up the themes of the works.
My doctoral dissertation Exposed Lives
includes four site-specific works contemplating the genre of family photograph. The aesthetics of family and everyday life characterise the images featuring window installations hiding Icelandic homes from curious eyes (Hiding a Home
), as well as those displaying a meeting between a mother suffering from Alzheimer's disease and her daughter nursing her (Not to Forget
). I have also tried collaborative, phototherapy-like photography with the English artist Rosy Martin (Healing in Mourning
Many of my artworks take a stand. For example, I have challenged our garbage mania (Rubbish!
), attitudes towards knowledge (YK2
), constant hurry (A Place of Rest
and How Do I Feel the Darkness?
) and intolerance (A/The Black Sheep
). I have also reflected on parenting choices (The Growing House
) and hope to bring understanding among different philosophies of life (Faith, Hope, Touch
; Our Sameness
and Wall Stories
). The encounter and clash of cultures is present in my works, particularly in those where I am in Cuba as a tourist (From Cold to Warmth
and Cuban Marinade
) or observe spring light playing on the buildings in Reykjavik (Moments of the Blessed Sunlight
Several of my works are tributes. One honours mothers (Mother's Winter Garden
), another the mending power of the Kemijoki River (FLOW!For the Castaways
). After my father died, I made and dedicated one work of art to him and to the mystery of life (Valuing/Mystery
). I also value those diligent workers whose importance is often overlooked as an invisible part of the system (I Kneel in Front of Work
Depending on my situation in life, my artworks often tilt either towards surrealism (The Hiding Space for the Consciousness
) or playfulness (Greetings to Friends and Freud
). Primarily, though, playfulness is my favourite word and guiding light in art.