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2017 06 Focus invitation

Hildur MH Jónasson
in memoriam

As a child growing up in Iceland, I spent many hours playing on the beach that was not far from my home. Across the bay and the glistening ocean, I could see a glacier. Some days it appeared small and far away while other days it looked as though I could reach out and touch it. Sometimes the glacier could not be seen due to humidity. Often, the glacier seemed to float in the air and belonged more to the sky than the earth. It was magical!

In 2012, I went back to Iceland to live for one year. I learned then that this same glacier will cease to exist by the year 2050! All of a sudden, climate change became emotional and deeply personal. This particular glacier, named Snæfellsjökull, has held leading parts in literature, from Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” to local Icelandic folklore of magic and treasure. I mourn it’s predicted extinction.

In in memoriam (into memory) I delve into my inner vision of years gone by in the form of surreal icebergs, dreamy oceanscapes and abstracted ice forms. These works create an installation that pay ode to the passage of time, fleeting memories and disappearing landscapes.


Artist bio: 

Originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, Hildur Jónasson completed her art education at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1993. She majored in visual communications (Bachelor of Design) and enjoyed a successful career in the graphic design/advertising industry for over fifteen years.

From 2006 Jónasson started participating in various art workshops and exhibitions as she commenced her career transition into fine art. In 2015, Jónasson completed a post baccalaureate degree at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jónasson is a multi disciplinary artist who has worked in printmaking, painting, camera obscura, sculpture and book arts - her work can range from small, jewel-like sculptures to large ephemeral installations of ghost-like glaciers. Jónasson holds work in public collections and has exhibited in Canada, Reykjavík (Iceland) and New York. Hildur has participated as artist in residence at The Banff Centre and will partake in The Arctic Circle residency this fall in Svalbard, Norway.

Exhibition on until July 1st 2017

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