As is consistent throughout her practice, Arna Óttarsdóttir uses her own notebooks, which are filled with thoughts and drawings, as source material for her works. By incorporating sketches and less formal visual elements into her weavings, Óttarsdóttir infuses her work with a personal energy. The patterns, textures, and colors vary within individual works, allowing the artist to investigate the aesthetic intricacies weaving allows.
Arna Óttarsdóttir (b. 1986) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2021, her work was featured in Iðavöllur: Icelandic Art in the 21st Century at the Reykjavík Art Museum. Óttarsdóttir had a solo exhibition, Everything is great, at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík in 2019. Her work has been exhibited internationally at exhibitions including Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen; Turner Contemporary, Margate,; Åplus, Berlin; and Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm.
Arna Óttarsdóttirsoon, again 20 Oct - 26 Nov 2022 i8 Galleryi8 is pleased to present soon, again, Arna Óttarsdóttir's second solo exhibition with the gallery, which will open with a reception from 5-7pm on 20 October and be on view...
Late Summer ShowMargrét H. Blöndal, Ásgerður Búadóttir, Eyborg Guðmundsdóttir, Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Karin Sander, Júlíana Sveinsdóttir 22 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 i8 Gallery
ARNA ÓTTARSDÓTTIR5 Nov 2015 - 9 Jan 2016 i8 GalleryArna Óttarsdóttir’s (b.1986) practice explores the traditional methods of the loom, creating elaborate tapestries. The visual source derives from her sketchbooks, where she does not select the final motif based...
IÐAVÖLLUR: ICELANDIC ART IN THE 21ST CENTURYReykjavik Art Museum, Iceland 10 Jun - 17 Oct 2021In 2021, Reykjavík Art Museum focuses on the microenvironment, with an aim of displaying the growth of the Icelandic art scene. The whole Hafnarhús becomes...
The WildflowerHafnarborg - Centre of Culture and Fine Art 29 Aug - 8 Nov 2020The Wildflower focuses a futuristic lens on that which is deeply familiar – our delicate flora clinging to rock – as it takes root in...
ARNA ÓTTARSDÓTTIR: EVERYTHING IS GREATThe Living Art Museum, Reykjavik 13 - 27 Mar 2019“Coral, salmon pink, hospital pink, crabapple jelly, pale, blush, shrimp cocktail, rose, rosy, dawn, dusk, sweet, sweetheart, sunrise, sunset; Arna colours her words. Soft, hushed...
Arna Óttarsdóttir: A Soft PowerÅplus, Berlin, Germany 15 Dec 2018 - 25 Feb 2019Text by Katharina Wendler Although the textile works and drawings by Arna Óttarsdóttir shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as being intentionally predefined or political, the exhibition...
b. 1986 in Reykjavik
Lives and works in Reykjavik
soon, again, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik
Allt fínt / Everything is great, Nýlistasafnið - The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
A Soft Power, Åplus, Berlin, Germany
i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Heimasæta / Sweet Life, Harbinger, Reykjavík, Iceland
Gangi þér vel, Kunstschlager, Reykjavík, Iceland
Veflausnir, Artíma gallerí, Reykjavík, Iceland (with Loji Höskuldsson)
Velkomin í Crymoville!, Gallerí Crymo, Reykjavík, Iceland
Leynifélagið, eða: "stelpur komast upp með allt", Gallerí Sykur, Kópavogur
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Iðavöllur: Art in the 21st Century, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Góðir Gestir - group show with Icelandic artists, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Sweden
Late Summer Show, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Ariadne Unraveling, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, USA
Reacción A Islandia, Pavilion Nordico, Buenos Aires, Argentina
High & Low - Icelandic Contemporary Art, at Nordatlantens Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark
Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK
Normality is the New Avant-Garde, Gerðarsafn/ Kópavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland
Rolling Snowball 7, Djúpivogur, Iceland
Kyrralíf, Gallery Kunstschlager, Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Reykjavík, Iceland
Mucho Grandi, Hólmaslóð, Reykjavík, Iceland. Collaboration between Festisvall, Regla hins öfuga pýramída, Skiltamálun Reykjavík, Iceland and Járnbraut
S7 - Suðurgata >> Árbær (ekki á leið), Árbæjarsafn, Reykjavík, Iceland. Organized by The Living Art Museum and Reykjavik City Museum, Iceland, part of Reykjavík, Iceland Arts Festival 2014
Festisvall, King Size, Leipzig, Germany
Taverna, Hemliga Trädgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Love, The Willows, New York, USA
Funtitled, Sound of Mu, Oslo, Norway
Ekki eru allir firðir eins, Gallerí Klósett, Reykjavík, Iceland
Rými málverksins, Listasafnið á Akureyri, Akureryri, Iceland
Heyr á Endemi (group exhibition parallel to the publication of the art magazine Endemi), Kling og Bang, Reykjavík, Iceland
G+A+M+A, Gallerí Crymo, Reykjavík, Iceland
Savage Island, Galleri 69, Oslo, Norway
Supermarket Art Fair 2010, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweeden
Inbox/Outpost (artist residency/group exhibition), The herring factory in Djúpavík, Iceland and Galerie Sign, Groningen, Netherlands
S7 – Suðurgata >> Árbær (ekki á leið). Published in connection to an exhibition with the same title. Editors: Bergsveinn Þórsson, Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Heiðar Kári Rannversson and Unnar Örn Jónasson Auðarson, Reykjavík, Iceland (catalogue)
Salon Bimba. Gamli sfinxinn. Reykjavík, Iceland (bookwork)
Treystið okkur! Við erum myndlistarmenn. Editors: Arna Óttarsdóttir, Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir, Kristín Rúnarsdóttir and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir. Crymogea. Reykjavík (book)
After 8 with The Reykjavík, Iceland Pencil Heads, NSEW Press (bookwork)
“New Work/New York”. Endemi 1st issue. Reykjavík (article)
RiT 3rd issue. Reykjavík, Iceland (article)