Six Questions

Six Questions: Emma Heiðarsdóttir

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Emma Heiðarsdóttir.

Artist Emma Heiðarsdóttir
Lives in Antwerp & Reykjavík

How do you describe your own art practice?

My artworks are usually space related additions to the material elements that frame our everyday existence. I’d like my works to open up for new experiences of otherwise unnoticed situations. Recently I have been especially interested in working with the border between architecture and sculpture and the transitory feeling of these situations I create.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Untitled
Natural clay and stone from the site. Ponte da Mucela, Portugal. 2016

What was your first experience with art?

I remember a moment when I was three years old and was making a drawing at the kindergarten. I was really happy with this drawing and believed it was my best so far. Then I turned it into a crown that I gave to my newborn sister that I went to see for the first time on that day.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Brickwork, In Situ³ Project Space, Antwerp. 2017.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Everyday life. The urban, man-made environment inspires me a lot. Reading. Looking at interesting things; art and none-art. Being alone with my thoughts as well as having a good conversation with somebody.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Circle, still from video, 01:44 min. 2016.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I guess that a pen and sketchbook are the most essential to start with. My work is not based on one way of working; I sometimes do messy studio work for a while and then I feel like making videos outside for a while.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Missing Bricks (Kerkstraat), from a series of photographs. 2014.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working with ceramic and printmaking and doing some research. Next month I will go to Taiwan for a residency ending with a group exhibition in Keelung.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Loose Sphere, still from video, 06:51 min. 2015.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

The most recent one was Valentin Cernat in the In Situ³ project space in Antwerp.

Emma Heiðarsdóttir - Untitled, Sculpture Garden, Reykjavík. 2016

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