Arna Óttarsdóttir: soon, again
i8 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 until 26 November 2022.
This presentation will feature eight new weavings by Óttarsdóttir, all made by hand on a loom in her Reykjavík studio. As is consistent throughout her practice, the artist 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 the weavings, Óttarsdóttir infuses her work with a spirited, personal energy that permeates the exhibition.
This new body of work by Óttarsdóttir combines elements of abstraction and figuration and explores the physical properties of material. At times, the artist eschews a tight weaving technique in favor of a loose, drawing-like approach. The patterns, textures, and colors within Óttarsdóttir's tapestries 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.