Photograph by Heather Glazzard

Growing up in Iceland I was surrounded by elves in every rock and trolls at every mountain peak. This world remained enchanting to my eyes as I embarked upon my studies in the History of Art at the University of Manchester, with a special interest in Romanticism, Fairytales and Utopias, largely inspired by my professor Carol Mavor. I attended as many philosophy classes as possible alongside my main studies and developed a great love for its ability to transform the way I understand and perceive my own life and therefore the way I live it. I believe art can do this too, and my work within Art History came to be about finding new perspectives with which to look upon art so that it may birth new possibilities for us and a new life for itself.

Having learned to process and print my own photographs in the darkroom at college, and discovering the subtle magic of documentary photography I now continue to photograph my travels, carrying my heavy old Olympus wherever I go.

The more psychedelic prints I create are a form of paper marbling, Suminagashi in the East Asia and Ebru in the Middle East, which involves layering inks on the surface of water and laying paper on top to absorb the print. This technique I use to explore the movement of the invisible world around us, capturing the dance of water in all its complexity.

Dance and performance have become a big part of my life
As I begin to delve deeper into exploring my physical manifestation dance and performance have re-entered my life. Contact Improvisation courted me into love and deep listening, whilst Movement Culture allows me to holistically hold my body and nurture its capacity to express.

So with an existentially enquiring mind, a spiritual curiosity and a taste for the absurd, I aspire to dance my way through life with endless joy and lightness.

Stefanía Ólafsdóttir