Photograph by Heather Glazzard

An interdisciplinary artist, I work across a range of mediums, including print, video, installation and performance. Water resits at the centre of my praxis and its form manifests through Suminagashi, the Japanese 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 work. 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.

I want to play with this future, to fiction and daydream myself into new possibilities, new kinships. Occupying my praxis are concerns for xenofeminist thinking, post-human dreaming and queer fictioning as I delve into my personal history and dismantle the forms of (re)productive labour which make my being possible. Sometimes I perform only for myself, the trees and the birds and 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.


Stefanía Ólafsdóttir