Sigga Bjorg Sigurdardottir
Artist Statement: When mountains move in Iceland, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. After all, elves might be living inside! Before undertaking major construction projects, businesses and government agencies usually check their plans first with an elf expert. In fact, the majority of the population believes that elementary spirits such as trolls exist, or at least doesn’t rule out the possibility. They are part of life on the harsh island just like volcanoes, glaciers and geysers. Where people are forced to do battle with the forces of nature, there are always some inexplicable phenomena, and where reason fails, fantasy and lore step in, to which Iceland owes a whole panoply of supernatural creatures.
Icelandic artist Sigga Björg Sigurðardottir (*1977) dips into this inexhaustible pool of mystical beings to pick out human behaviors and problematic emotions as central themes in her drawings, murals and animated videos. Like little hairy beasts, her impish creatures make all kinds of mischief, spilling bodily fluids in the process, gagging and spitting, dripping and drooling. Some of the scenes are quite revolting, and yet they express deep-seated emotions. The figures scream and cry, badger and torture one another.
“The contrast between horror and beauty and the state of mind you get in when you don’t know when something is disgusting, beautiful, sad or funny… Have you ever started laughing when something sad happens?”