Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
Svava Björnsdóttir

Svava Björnsdóttir (b. 1952) might take stylistic cues from previous generations of Icelandic sculptors and architects, but her sculptures have a distinctive style of their own. Made from dyed raw paper pulp, Svava’s large-scale wall hangings and freestanding works blur the boundaries between relief, architecture, and painting; they also work with the dissonance between the appearance of density and the reality of weightlessness. Biomorphic shapes formed with soft convex curves—while sometimes joined by contour lines inspired by classical architecture or industrial design—take command of Svava’s exhibition spaces, creating an active dynamic between art, environment, and the audience itself.