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Ísafjörður Series by Katrín Sigurðardóttir


Katrín Sigurðardóttir

Ísafjörður Series, designed 2007
birch veneer, vellum, steel and electrical components
#1: 27 1/4 h. x 8 (diameter) inches
#2: 28 3/4 h. x 8 (diameter) inches
#3: 30 3/4 h. x 8 (diameter) inches
edition of 30, each size
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Ms. Sigurðardóttir works primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation. A continuing, though often oblique, aspect of her work is the reference to place that is manifested through her use of multiple, specific locations that she forges together into a single scene, object or image. However, for Ísafjörður Series, the artist's first functional work, she has focused on a small, remote village in northwest Iceland named Ísafjörður (the literal translation is "ice fjord"). During the darkest weeks of the year, the sun is above the horizon for only a few hours a day in Ísafjörður and, due to the steep mountains in the area, the sun may not appear directly for months at a time. Likewise in summer, there is no complete darkness and the sun never fully sets. The unique sense of time and quality of light in Ísafjörður make it the perfect subject for this series of three lamps, each of which shows a particular vista or "village-scape" that captures this quiet but evocative locale.

To achieve the ethereal, amber-tones of the lamps, Sigurðardóttir photographed streetscapes that have been reproduced using laser-cut birch veneer. The veneers are then rolled into cylinders, placed around a 7 - watt bulb and positioned within a white vellum outer shade onto which the architectural vistas are projected.

The three lamps are sized differently to work as a complementary set of three or by themselves.

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