Anna Jóelsdóttir | Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands.
Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands.
2016 Paper Biennal Rijswijk.
June 11th – September 18th 2016.
A swarm of thousands of sheets of crumpled papers, hung on thin wires, symbolic of thousands of ideas that have landed in the rubbish bin. A petit backyard made of paper, charcoal and plexiglass – life-like but sinister too. Vines of cardboard that twist and turn towards the sky, like a jungle. Organic forms like microbes, of self-made paper. But also, paper and geometry in folded, kinetic sculptures. Paper beyond boundaries through the use of digital technology. And… romantic viewing boxes with fragile plant structures impaled on pins.
This summer, once again, the 11th Paper Biennial is submerging Museum Rijswijk in the multifaceted world of paper and Icelandic artist Anna Jóelsdóttir is taking part.
Since 1996 Museum Rijswijk has been hosting state-of-the-art, international paper art, every two years. Every year is different because contemporary art is constantly evolving. In the 2016 edition the focus is on large installations, but the craftsmanship of handmade paper has not been ignored.
Five artists in the 2016 Paper Biennial are from the Netherlands, the remaining thirteen are from all over the world; with the exception of South America, all continents are represented. Most of the artists have never before exhibited in the Netherlands:
Sabine K. Braun (Germany), Josef Bücheler (Germany), Mandy Coppes-Martin (South Africa), Anne ten Donkelaar (the Netherlands), Lauren Fensterstock (USA), Ina Geissler (Germany), Dorthe Goeden (Germany), Kim Habers (the Netherlands), Paul Andrew Hayes (USA), Anna Jóelsdóttir (Iceland), Yoko Kataoka (Japan), Tracy Luff (Australia), Karen Margolis (USA), Matthew Shlian (USA), Graphic Surgery (the Netherlands), Annie Vought (USA), Joyce Zwerver (the Netherlands)
Anna Jóelsdóttir received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2002. Earlier she studied at the University Teachers College of Iceland (B.Ed ́78) and University of East Anglia in England (MA, ́85).
Drawing from personal experience, art history, and interpretations of current events, Jóelsdóttir ́s abstract paintings reflect the everyday, unconscious practice of creating personal narratives from memory, and the inevitable interpretations and misinterpretations of human interaction.
In the last few years, through large site specific installations, Jóelsdóttir has been exploring the possibilities and limitations of her paintings to move from the canvas and the the wall into space. She does this by painting on both sides of translucent drafting film folding, twisting, cutting, weaving, and rebuilding into large site relational sculpural canvases.
Anna lives and works in Chicago.