Photograph by Heather Glazzard

An interdisciplinary artist, I work across a range of mediums, including print, video, installation and performance. At the centre of my praxis is Ebru, the Turkish printing practice of marbling paper, which depends upon the movement of water, coloured by ink, being transferred onto card. With water as my point of departure, I make visible its invisible dance, forever circling; spiralling. From this form, the theme of natural cycles entered my world. Flowing through my own body from the earth, menstruation began to occupy my attention, and is now growing into a movement towards a larger consideration of biopolitics. I see a future in which we will have to radically rethink our relationship to nature and our place in her theatre, now that the stage is crumbling in the current climate crisis.

So I collect water from local sources and the new marbling prints are climbing up the walls into murals. The water and I create new landscapes. I print, cut and collage; Together we recollect. As a collaborator and translator I dance myself into the arms of the water, entering a conversation which interrogates my personal and physical relationship to nature. Building on this, I explore the limits of the individual and what it means to be a community, a community of humans and non-human others. I wish to exist in my art as I wish to exist on this earth, my footprints brief and disappearing, washed away by the water. I am in the process of unfolding, through shared praxis, collective reading and collaborative creating, how we might extend our sense of community to include all life within this earth in the urgency of the global climate where our inter-relational survival is so apparent.


Stefanía Ólafsdóttir