This rug is 2 cm thick and then cut down to make a 3D effect in lava. Here it is photographed at the Glacier Lagoon Jokulasarlon at Vatnajokul National Park. This formation of lava called rope or pahoehoe lava can be seen in many places in Iceland.
Hand sculping the rug with scissors is very time consuming using different size of scissors to get the required 3D effect. The colours used are slate grey, black, dark red, red, orange and yellow
This beautiful rug sculpture Holuhraun Day 19 will be exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery next December, more about the exhibition later.
This rug is worked under the influence of the eruption that took place at Holuhraun lava in the Vatnajokul National Park. There was so much energy released, as always is, in that eruption that it has fuelled my imagination to create various lava rugs I have been like under a spell. I love that vast area of great beauty and danger. Vatnajokull glacier has many volcanoes under its cap and therefore a lot of heat. It is a fascinating place of constant change.
Other photos of the Holuhraun day 19
Holuhraun in the making.
Holuhraun Day 19
Holuhraun Day 19 – Close up
Holuhraun Day 19 and Lambatungujokull glacier representing North and South of Vatnajokul National park.
Gisli Helgason the host of Landinn and his cameraman Karl SIgtryggsson came to my studio last week for an interview. They had such a relaxed dispostion that I totally forgot there was a camera running most of the time. Lovely men and so interested in my work. The interview took over four hours. Landinn is a television show part of the Icelandic national television RUV and is aired on prime time after Sunday dinner through out winter starting from next Sept. 13th. Our episode was aired on the Sept. 20th and we are featured in the second segment. It is all in Icelandic however I think you will enjoy our bit and the one before that showes magnificent glacier rivers and how they constantly changing the landscape. Enjoy
Karl busy filming the rugs “Langjokull galcier” and the “Tungnaa Leap” with my latest work “Fin by Finn” to the far left.
Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.
Karl preparing to film the sketches
Karl shooting the rugs from all angles
When Gisli saw this lava rug he instantly reacted and said “I know this one!” I looked at him perplexed as it was created purely out of my imagination.. then he continued “I was there when this lava stream fell from the edge of a cliff at the eruption at Fimmvorduhals in 2010” Then he stroked it smiling like meeting an old friend.
It is not the first time I have people react to my rugs and when it happens my heart takes a leap of joy.