May 2016, I spent the month as one of three Artist in Residence at the Fish Factory - Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður in Iceland. Una, Vinny, Rosa, Elena and Reitis have all been the most amazing group of hosts accommodating the artists at the factory. Dare I say it, but i think this has been the most fun as well as inspirational of all the residencies I have undertaken.
There are 7 of us living in a little yellow share house up on a hill, stumbling distance to the former fish factory, which now has been revitalised as an artist residency and creative centre.
What has struck me about Iceland, is the realisation that Iceland is the signs of fractures and fragmentation. From the Icebergs breaking away from the Glacier, to the Silfra**. Or, when sitting at the top of a summit, I have realised that everything that appears solid from a distance, is in fact made from smaller components that can break off and float, or even roll away. I think this is going to be a defining theme i will refer to thorughout the Fragments of Iceland collection.
I have walked a lot of the local shoreline, however Iceland is just a bit too big to completely circumnavigate - i have noticed that there has not been as much washed up on the shoreline, as i am used to in Tasmania. But rather, my fascination has turned to the geology itself. The rock formations and textures have attracted my attention and will become the focus of #fragmentsoficeland.
So far, I have a container full of waxes that I will be sending off to get cast next week. I will be posting on my instagram an update of their process... > Follow #fragmentsoficeland for more
** (The formation of Silfra and the Þingvellir valley is a consequence of the tectonic drift of the Eurasian and the North American plates. Every year, the plates drift about 2 cm farther apart, which builds up tension between the plates and the earth mass above. This tension is released through a major earthquake approximately every ten years. In these earthquakes, cracks and fissures are formed in Þingvellir. Silfra is one of the largest cracks and started with a deep cave where most of the underwater wells feed it. The site lies at the rim of the Þingvallavatn Lake.) **