Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir | Skärhamn, Sweden
Katja Tukiainen, Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir, Petri Hytönen, Adam Saks, Julie Nord, Arto Korhonen, Jukka Korkeila, Lars Lerin, Michael Kvium, Elina Merenmies, Astrid Svangren
Nordic Watercolour Museum, Södra Hamnen 6, 471 32 Skärhamn, Sweden
April 29th – October 30th, 2018
Fusion – a small word with many meanings. An art collection, like the one belonging to the Nordic Watercolour Museum, is a form of fusion. Individual works are united into a greater whole, just as they are in conjunction with group exhibitions. Artwork is shown in new constellations, sometimes expected and sometimes surprising.
For the summer exhibition, several artists who are already represented in the museum’s collection have been invited to create new works. Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir and Katja Tukiainen will contribute indoor wall murals. Adam Saks and Petri Hytönen will use the museum’s facade as a background for their new, large-scale pieces. Essentially different styles will interact and be united in new art fusions.
The group exhibition alternates between small and large, sugary sweet and uncomfortable. It demonstrates the fact that watercolour art has no single expression – it has many. The pieces get to spill beyond the frames. Art, people and nature will come together. It’s time to form new fusions!
About the artist
Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir ( born in Reykjavík, Iceland 1977) is a visual artist that lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sigga’s visual language is full of surreal or dark humor, fantasy and childhood nostalgia. Looking beyond such apparent qualities, it is interesting to consider the work on a more realistic level, as it reveals a penetrating analysis of human interaction and emotion. Her intriguing drawings and murals often explore the push and pull of human behaviour and relationships, the desire to both manipulate and be at one with another, as well as the subtleties of feelings such as loneliness, jealousy, love, and fear. Her method of relentless drawing often reveals human behaviour and emotion in their most primitive and wild form, and explores the sometimes quite vague boundaries between human and beast.
“I like to create a situation between characters that look like people or animals but do not have to be either. They simply exist to demonstrate a situation or a state of mind”.
Sigga received an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2004 and since then she has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Solo exhibitions include, Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland, Kling and Bang Gallerí, Reykjavík, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY, The Drawing Museum, Sweden(with Katja Tukiainen) and Clark Galerie, Montréal. Selected group exhibitions include Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden, The Centre For Contemporary Art, Glasgow, National Galleries of Scotland , Edinburgh and Reykjavík Art Museum. Her work is in international collections including the Zabludowicz Art Trust, London, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Sweden, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland and Reykjavík Art Museum.