Adventures 2019: Guðný Sara Birgisdóttir
My name is Guðný Sara Birgisdóttir and I am an artist based in Reykjavík Iceland, currently doing a traineeship in Berlin. I have a Bachelor's degree from the Iceland University of the Arts. I have mainly worked on installations with mixed mediums such as video, sound and texts. I try to penetrate most of the senses of the viewer with visuals, audio, smell. Even the movements of the viewer and how he walks inside the exhibition space.
As an artist I like to ask questions about themes that interest me. Sometimes I don't know the answers to the questions, or there might not even be one answer more right than other. I ask whether the space and circumstances of an artist can be reflected in the emotions and the state of mind of the audience. In order to answer that I have based some of my work on the philosophy and the studies of three philosophers; Gaston Bachelard, Edmund Husserl and Plato. My work is about my diaries, stories and memories (mine and others), storytelling and poetry which I always write while my work is in process. I write about my old and more recent memories and how I link them to the present. I try to get a close connection to the audience through my work and by introducing them to my way of thinking. I also focus on truth, boundaries, the limits of objects and how they connect to the artist, as well as our approach of memories, theories about the house and the space and how our mind can fool us. I like to think about the house as our mind. It has all kinds of rooms, nooks and crannies. Some might even be hidden or secret. Just as some of our memories.
As said before, I like to work a lot with stories and storytelling. By coming to Seoul I would love to use that opportunity to explore through words and language the differences between Iceland and South Korea and explore how these two countries are culturally different, and hopefully get some deeper insight into the lives of locals.
Following images are of a piece called Secret Rooms of Space and Mind. I built a room with a simple wooden structure. The door to the room was sealed with a thick, black curtain so no light could slip through. Inside the room was only one UV light bulb and a text silk printed on the end wall with phosphorus paint. The light bulb “fed” the paint of the text. That way the words could shine bright inside the dark room. The wall text was a beautiful, but false childhood memory from an old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease. With the art piece I wanted the viewer to walk into the mind of this old woman, who believed this very memory was true, she told it like it happened yesterday, but at the same time her memory is close to nothing. That is why I kept everything dark in the room and made the text so very bright and vivid, just like her little false memory.
Wood, black curtain, phosphorus paint
You can see more of my work on my website: www.gudnysara.com
Written by Guðný Sara Birgisdóttir
Guðný Sara Birgisdóttir is an artist based in Reykjavík Iceland, currently doing a traineeship in Berlin. She has a Bachelor´s degree from the Iceland University of the Arts. She has mainly worked on installations with mixed mediums such as video, sound and texts. She tries to penetrate most of the senses of the viewer with visuals, audio, smell. Even the movements of the viewer and how they walk inside the exhibition space. She's taking part in Lighthouse's Adventures 2019 and we're glad to have her in Seoul!