Aluminum etched plates, hand-blown glass forms, audio/video, digital prints
This work was an exploration of place through voices of Icelandic residents. Objective means included satellite imagery, GPS coordinates, and visual/audio documentation. The site-specific locations were determined by the Icelandic residents collaborators and described through personal place-based narratives.
This body of work is a continuing thread in my work that explores the social and artistic divisions between private narratives and public vocabularies of site and place, this new work focuses on memories connected to the Icelandic landscape.
Emerging from those narrative interviews (English/Icelandic) were several themes of shared childhood experiences unique to prior generations (i.e., being sent to work on country farms for the summer), the fundamental transience of the Icelandic landscape, and concerns about the multi-national corporate exploitation of natural resources, such as damning rivers and aluminum smelting.
Project participants in Iceland include: Olafur Tryggvi Magnusson, Vilhjálmur Olafsson, Borghildur Oskarsdottir, Steinunn Gestsdóttir, Guðrún Magnúsdóttir, Guðrún Þorkelsdóttir, Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir, Egill Másson.
This project was funded through a 2010-2011 New Media Artist Fellowship from The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Office of the Arts; Research Matters Grant and R.F. Johnson Grant from Connecticut College, and an Artist Residency at the Hafnarborg Museum, Hafnarfjördur, Iceland.
Jeffrey P'an: Glass artist
Brett Terry: Sound artist