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Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir: Nature draws itself
26 August–16 September
The exhibition “Nature Draws itself” presents paintings of natural landscapes and environments utilizing colorful hues and natural, geometric forms. As in her previous works, Aðalheiður looks for inspiration in nature, and processes which straddle the boundaries between the real and the conceptual. She places an emphasis on surfaces, substrates, shapes, textures, lines, color and light. The works are made in Aðalheiður’s studio in the south of Iceland, where the ever-changing nature constantly provides new perspectives.
In her works, we experience a certain chaos in the vegetation that takes shape. Upon closer inspection, we perceive a system in the natural structures of plants, branches, stems and grasses – an abstract design where branches weave together and stretch out in a lively play of lines. Foreground and background play together and form a natural depth and transience, a kind of eternal pattern or root system where vegetation, water and sky come together. The question arises of what is the beginning and what is the end.
Aðalheiður is an artist and independent art critic and curator. She graduated from the graphic art department of Iceland’s School of Art and Handicrafts in 1982 and has been working as an artist ever since. She has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. Aðalheiður completed her BA and MA degrees in Fine Art from the University of Iceland and has worked on various projects in the field, including as a teacher, writer and curator.