Traditionally, artists paint on pre-woven canvas or linen, but Hildur �sgeirsd�ttir J�nsson, pictured above in her studio, subverts that tradition. She begins by painting individual silk threads and then weaves the threads into the support surface, creating large-scale, ethereal, landscape paintings in the process.
Referencing the mountain landscape of her native Iceland, particularly Vatnaj�kull, Iceland�s largest glacier, and Hekla, an active stratovolcano, J�nsson’s labor-intensive paintings, made on a ten-foot loom, draw our attention to process, time and memory. In this video produced by Arts Prize Cleveland, J�nsson shows how she makes the paintings and discusses her relationship to the landscape:
“Hildur �sgeirsd�ttir J�nsson: a solo show,” Pocket Utopia, New York, NY. Through December 15, 2013. Closing reception on Saturday, December 14, 6-8 pm.
Nice you posted the drawings. Good article.