Katrín Sigurðardóttir: High Plane IV
Katrín Sigurðardóttir has for some years been exploring the effects of perception in her installations and works. High Plane (2001) evokes the bonds between people and with nature itself. The relativity of dimensions and environment is an important element of Katrín’s work, and in this installation she addresses a classic theme of Icelandic painting: mountains and the blue of distant vistas, as well as the constant proximity of the artist to Icelandic nature – even when that artist is far away, perhaps in another country. The work evokes the pure and unblemished, while also alluding to the diverse perspectives and views of individuals, reflecting differences in our lives.
The National Gallery of Iceland acquired High Plane VI in 2005, and the work was adapted to the exhibition space in the gallery. Visitors must ascend a ladder to view the work. This large installation is the last in a series of similar works with the same title.
The exhibit is part of the Gallery’s new programme of displaying large-scale works and installations by contemporary artists from its collection. Visitors will be able to enjoy the work in variable ways in the changeable light conditions that characterise the Icelandic seasons.
Katrín Sigurðardóttir was born in Iceland in 1967. She studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts (forerunner of the Iceland University of the Arts) and earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey. She represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and has shown her work around the world in solo and group exhibitions.