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Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson

Rainbow Fragment #10
silk, dyes
25" x 52"

(b. 1963 – Reykjavík, Iceland) Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson’s work reflects the landscapes of her country of birth, Iceland. In a diverse practice ranging from textile weavings to ink drawings to embroidery, Jónsson moves fluidly among mediums to create images derived from the country’s glaciers, forests, and snow-packed mountains. Working in part from memory and part from photographs, Jónsson isolates regions of the landscape, enlarges aspects like glacial crevasses or snowy shadows, and reproduces the form in her work. Central to an appreciation of Jónsson’s work is the understanding of her process, which is at the intersection of painting and weaving, or what some refer to as “warp painting.” Before weaving, the artist lays out the weaving’s vertical threads (warp) and paints each by hand carefully composing the image. Then, the warp is wound into the loom and the textile panel is traditionally woven according to a centuries’ old process.

Jónsson was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated with a BFA and an MFA from Kent State University. In 2008, she was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Art and has exhibited her work widely in the US and abroad, including exhibitions at the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, and the Reykjavik Art Museum.

From the nominating artist:

Hildur’s work exists in a state of mystery, continiously revealing itself. I love the way her paintings operate between familiar landscapes and digitally manipulated or interrupted images of strange, undiscovered spaces. They open up slowly and I always get surprised how quiet yet confident they are. They reward visually and intellectually.
— Dragana Crnjak

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