Kristján Steingrímur (b.1957) works with colors which he makes from both soil and minerals. He collects them from various locations in Iceland as well as in other countries. These materials either happen to be in his path or he purposefully seeks them out. He will often return to the same place, investigate the environment, take photographs, draw and search for minerals that he thinks will describe the site and give it its uniqueness. By working pigments out of minerals and mixing them with linseed oil he makes oil colors which he uses to paint an abstract image of the desired place. The paintings interpret landscape as a space of memory, while simultaneously unfolding the subject as a concrete presence. By painting with color materials from a certain place he creates physical intimacy between that location and the viewer. Thus, the work will be the place and the viewer gets the opportunity to experience its presence.