Jarðskyn means perception of Earth or sense of land — Earth light (versus moon light). The project examines the perception of Iceland, both the light it reflects and that is captured through a reading of the surface of earth. Jarðskyn consists of two volumes of photographic work. Volume 1 is comprised of a series of satellite maps, taken out of their original context and space— names erased, colors taken away. What remains are graphic images, shapes and textures, a photographic mashup of merged satellite images— different seasons and weather conditions as well as technical faults such as over- and under- exposure. Volume 2 is photographic work on texture, scale, and a presence of some spirit of nature, sometimes taking form as if the figures were lost in the mist.
Serendipity Pattern of Geomyths
Serendipity Pattern of Geomyths investigates the narratives humans have made to explain our relationship with nature. The geomyths are myths of either specific geological places or geological phenomena. Through visual analogy, the project knits together narratives from different time periods, religions, locations. It is a non-hierarchical survey of origin myths, conspiracy theories, fiction, science, and documents. The way we explain the natural world has changed throughout time— but the need to do so remains constant.
Halldora Magnusdottir lives and works in Paris, France. She grew up on two islands at the opposite ends of the globe: Iceland and Japan. Both cultures share a strong bond to nature, paradoxically both are highly modern societies that share a long tradition of animistic beliefs. In the current challenge of fighting for humanity’s place and equilibrium on the planet, she believes there exist alternative imaginaries to our current existence. Searching for inspiration from her cultural and natural heritage, she challenges our mutual and learned perception of the human and natural environment. She is especially interested in geography, maps and geomyths— working with human traces in nature through photography, printmaking and installation work.