Starting to wrap things up here in Iceland. Yesterday we had a holiday market, so I made a few cut paper Icelandic birds. We actually had a number of people come through--I'm really glad I documented them because they all went home with community members...
Yesterday, a few of us took a trip to Siglufjörður, which is on the Tröllaskagi (troll peninsula). I was told according to folklore all the female trolls/giantesses moved to this peninsula and reside in its interior, and that's the reason for its name.
Yesterday we went to the site of a 16th century avalanche... It was foggy, so you couldn't see the whole of the mountain, which added to the eeriness of the story.
I came to Island for the landscape, and I've spent the last 4 days photographing the sky...
The northern lights came out briefly this evening. I always expect them late at night, but so far I've only seen them around 8pm.
Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days I've ever experienced. The light was amazing, little wind, not too cold (all great things when doing time lapse). After the sun went down we were greeted by the most stunning northern lights I've ever seen. It was a good day.
Winter has come to Skagaströnd! The blizzard really picked up last year and this morning we were greeted with the most amazing light (plus a continuing blizzard).
Here's a patched together image of the mountain that overlooks Skagaströnd. We can a bit of snow collect in the mountains yesterday, which was a precursor to the snowstorm we're having today.
This morning I went to the end of my street to take a time lapse of the storm moving in over the mountains. The horses decided to come visit me first, so here are a couple pics...
Yesterday, several of us took a trip to Sauðárkrókur, which is on the other side of the peninsula from us. We drove around the coast, and on our way saw the island of Drangey (the legend is that it is two giants and a cow turned to stone) in the bay. It reminded me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World.
Sauðárkrókur is a small, picuresque town with an amazing bakery and a large store that sold everything from groceries to electronics, to crafts and clothes.
Last night the northern lights were out, but blocked by the clouds. Here's a pic with long exposure and high iso. There's a horse in the foreground.
Rainbow over Skagaströnd.
Here is an installation image of The West and a few paper cuts from the animation at the Pulp & Possibilities exhibition at the Guenzel Gallery, Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The show is on view now!
My Iceland trip was cut short due to a family emergency, but the the little I saw of the country was amazing and influential.
This summer on July 15th, I will be showing a series of video pieces at Roman Susan in Chicago.
I titled the evening The Waterfall, after one of my newest works I'll be showing. Each piece will hover between dream, memory and reality through different moods and genres.
Here are a couple stills from The Waterfall:
Today I went around the Golden Circle "the most popular day-trip in Iceland!" Was is amazing? Yes. Here's Gullfoss, the largest, most beautiful (and cold) waterfall I've ever seen. 'Foss' is Icelandic for waterfall, fyi.
Also here are some horses I met. It was at a tomato farm (giant greenhouse). With the best sweet caraway bread thing ever.
I spent today in the studio, working on some animation. Here's a still:
Tomorrow I off to go around the Golden Circle, which should be an adventure! My camera is acting up, so I'm a little nervous about my ability to get footage ... I'll reassess in the morning. I feel like this trip has been a bit bumpy---my camera stopped working with my computer (dragonframe) in its normal way, my phone won't work at all (unlike in other places/countries I've been), my debit card won't work correctly, and now my camera... I knew I should have brought one of my older cameras with me, but since I had zero problems with anything last year in Svalbard (Norway), I think I was a little careless this time.
I did end up deciding to leave the residency early for a family medical issue back home. So this is my second (and last) week in Iceland. I'm a little sad that I can't stay the full five weeks, but know I'm making the right decision going back to Minnesota.
Ok. So more Icelandic packaging!
Why I love this logo: Freyja is the Norse goddess of love. From what I know about her, she rides a chariot pulled by cats. Thus, this logo. I think it's a candy company. This was a chocolate covered marshmallow type of thing. So great.
Today I worked on my animation and also took a quick trip to Reykjavik.
I'm now planning some serious travel in the next week---there have been some medical issues with a family member, so I may be cutting my residency short. The last direct flight to Minnesota for the rest of January is the 11th, so I may now be changing my residency from five weeks to two. I'll know for certain in the next couple days...
On a happier note, have I mentioned how much I love the packaging in Iceland? It's pretty great.
This is a candy bar I was given. It's chocolate covered licorice. My trip to the northern Norway last fall taught me that licorice is actually amazing. Chocolate covered licorice was surprisingly tasty.
Happy New Year!
I made my first trip to Reykjavik today--it's a really interesting city. This week I'm going to go by bus around the Golden Circle---I can't wait! I'm also hoping to travel out to the south coast of Iceland soon...
I've been working on some new animations in my studio---I'll post some images soon...