Wonderful challenge a commissioned work ” Snaefellsjokull glacier in Iceland. This glacier can be seen from Reykjavik when you look to the north west across the sea. It is situated at the Snaefellsnes penninsula and is famous for being the entrance to the centre of the earth in the movie with the title Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
The wall space is 5 meters and the work ended up being 3.35 meters long instead of 3 meters but that was fine with the owners and I knew the wall space could take that too. After streching the canvas I marked out guidlines for the size of the work and started placing white colour here and there to get a feel for the size.. and quickily the work grew and took on it’s own character… I wanted to show the glacier as it is in fall when it is start snowing again or in spring when the snow is melting. When I was happy with the work I called the owners and they gave me the thumbs up so I cut it down from the frame. With this work I decided to hand cut with scissors the whole thing as it was for a wall it could do with a little ruggedness. In the end it was mounted on quality palywood for easy haning of the art rug Snaefellnesjokull glacier.
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.
The new rug Fin by Finn photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland. we where there quite early to beat the tourists. We nearly did that however the 10 people enjoying the black lava beach were not in our way so everything went by the book.
Fin by Finn is worked in Icleandic wool and the size is ca. 2,3 meters long and ca. 0.70 meters wide.
On the frame today is lava. Today is the last long week-end of summer and most of the city people are out in the country so it is peace and quite all around. Great time to work on the new rug that is on the frame today.
” A wing of a fallen angel” This is beginning of a new rug with working title or is it a form of something else.. only time will tell. In the mean time it is my pure enjoyment to see it to come to life on the frame. The colours will be in the shade from blackish grey to greyish white and as always I am working with the rare Icelandic wool. But is this a fallen angel ?
The shading of the wing of the fallen angel is comming togehter and I am nearly there…