Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Sigga Björg Sigurdardóttir - Bon 44

Excerpt from article written for the Swedish edition of Bon Magazine in May 2008.

Tomorrow Always Belongs to Us has a very distinctive purpose, to represent the strength of contemporary Nordric painting. Curated by Mika Hannula (FI) and Johan Sjöström (SE), 11 young artists working in a variety of styles and themes will take over Göteborgs Konsthall in
the follow up exhibition to Painting, Space & Society, 2007.

One to watch out for is Glasgow based, Icelandic artist Sigga Björg Sigurdardóttir whose ink drawings depict ambiguous creatures of an androgynous nature getting up to unusual shenanigans. "I constantly draw without thinking too much about it. I am curious about the subconscious, what happens when I'm not thinking. That's what I'm trying to find out through the drawings, not knowing the answer is what inspires me to keep making them."

Her fantastical visions have a captivating childlike disposition with an underlining nightmarish humour. She explains, "The same drawing can be horrible, funny, sad and happy at the same time." Also working with animation, Sigurdardóttir’s altered realities comes to life from old drawings, experimentation and a self-composed soundtrack. "I make characters and ´props´ often cut out of drawings that went wrong. I never know where the story is going so the result is usually full of surprises. It’s like having a puppet theatre but never actually knowing what the puppets are going to do. They have a mind on their own. The animations still feel kind of new to me. It’s still early days. The possibilities are endless."

Tomorrow Always Belongs to Us, 5 June - 28 Sept 2008, Göteborgs Konsthall