Six Questions

Six Questions: Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir.

Artist Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir
Lives in Reykjavík

How do you describe your own art practice?

My art practice is about translating and listening. I am obsessed with frequencies and my practice is about tuning in and connecting the dots. Our perception and humanity is much bigger then society has us to believe. My focus is on our connection with ourselves, nature and society.

Video still from Natural Law exhibited at Venice Biennale and at Reykjavík Art museum

What was your first experience with art?

My first contact with art must be climbing in the giant sculptures of Hallsteinn Sigurðsson as a little girl. His amazing sculpture garden and home was right next to my kindergarden and primary school. But as a child growing up I could sit for hours in my room painting with watercolours.

From the performance Now I see performed at Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein in relation to the work Wandering Vibrations.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is nature and trying to understand it’s amazing complexities and our relationship to it.

aves of Urgency.Playing, on a mountain harp, the earthquake data of the first 24 hours of the 2014 volcanic eruption in Bárðabunga.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need nature first and foremost it seems. My creativity is strongly connected to the forces of nature and whenever I move to a big city I have to consciously seek nature to get my fill.

ultiverse performed by Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir, Ásta María Kjartansdóttir and Abraham Brody on a mountain in the sound sculpture Tvísöngur by Lucas Kuhne.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a big piece about deep silence in cooperation with Ásta María Kjartansdóttir and Abraham Brody that will be exhibited at happyluckyno1 gallery in cooperation with the National Sawdust in New York in November. I am also working on a solo work, a big nature orchestra I am currently filming. This summer I have been noticing a lot of instruments in nature and I will allow myself to put them together into a audio visual composition.

Photograph from the Natural Law project where the conductor controls nature as his own symphony.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale really surprised me, most of all my reaction to it. I liked it as much as I disliked it somehow. I also really loved the great surprise of a stranded whale in Paris recently. Simply amazing!

Photo of the performance Frequency of Humanity performed in Stavanger Norway

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions