Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir | Ebb & Flow Art Festival, Baton Rouge US
Ebb & Flow Art Festival, Baton Rouge, US
The Arts Council of greater Baton Rouge, along with a growing number of artists, creatives, engineers and architects are creating a new festival for Baton Rouge. The Ebb and Flow Festival, to take place April 1st and 2nd, 2017, is one that will invite innovation, intrigue, and inspiration to visitors through unique artistic offerings and culinary delights.
In true Louisiana fashion, the festival will include a flavorful music lineup, representing local, national, and international talent. Look for two days of performances on multiple stages: the Headliner Stage at Repentance Park, the Cox International Music Stage at Riverfront Plaza, and a Buskers Stage at the Baton Rouge Dock – also known as the Paperclips. The festival will also feature performances by flamenco dancers, singer songwriters, and slam poets, all set against the backdrop of the country’s grandest waterway – the Mississippi River.
Sculpture Garden: In partnership with Glassell Gallery and LSU School of Art, Ebb and Flow will present an exhibition of BORDERS, a series of 22 iron and aluminum figural sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir. The sculptures will appear on the walking path along the levee and will remain on the grounds for the next year.
Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir (b. 1955), who lives and works in Reykjavík, received her training as a sculptor at the University of Portsmouth in England and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna.
Steinunn has been working on figurative sculpture from the beginning of her career 35 years ago. Her figures are symbols of humanity. They are organic and explosive in their texture and formation thus firmly rooted in their Icelandic origin. Steinunn has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia. She has received numerous commissions in Iceland and abroad for both indoor and outdoor site-specific works. Her sculptures, made of f.e. cast iron, bronze, aluminum, steel, and/or glass, are often life-sized anonymous and androgynous bodies. Despite their seeming anonymity the works are based on her son´s body bringing in an element of family. The works are visually austere and stark but manifesting a sense of psychological interiority, Steinunn’s sculptures are archetypal representations of the modesty and frailty within the human condition.