Walking tour of CAIRNS with Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir
10:30 on Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Meeting point is Middleton Hall at Hull University Campus. The exhibition is part of Hull2017 UK City of Culture Program.
Cairns are a common sight in the Icelandic landscape and were used as landmarks for people to find their way from one place to another. Also they were often placed on coastlines to guide ships to harbour.
The figures on campus portray frozen moments of contemplation and take on the form of human trail markers referencing themes of spirituality and physicality. Steinunn has been working on figurative sculpture from the beginning of her career almost 40 years ago. Her figures are androgynous symbols of humanity. Steinunn is well known in Hull for her iconic sculpture Voyage overlooking the Humber estuary at Victoria Pier.
The University of Hull and the artist are pleased to celebrate the common cultural history and partnership of Hull and Iceland with this exhibition.
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.