May 30th, 2012
I have been on Iceland a couple of times before, and love the both harsh and powerful landscape.
During my stay at Gullkistan I worked with a theme of the both nurishing, and destructve force, “The Inner Fire”.
We find the inner fire in both man and land. On Iceland the fire is so close to the surface, you can see its consequenses everywhere. The fire within earth, has created the restlessness in the landscape, lavafields buldging like the sea. This restlessness I transferred to my own hand, making paintings of pieces of lava in their colors of ochra, red and black.
Each painting 20×30 cm
April 12th, 2012
Winter was exceptionally severe in Laugarvatn. Gales battered the farmhouse until it shook and snow was piling up against the walls, but not for a moment did I regret my visit. Indoors everything was comfy and I never failed to find inspiration outside. I found myself in an overwhelming snowscape. And to top it all there was the Aurora Borealis. Such a bonus!
Alda and Kristveig proved to be the ideal hostesses for me, providing companionship when I desired it and leaving me in peace when work needed to be done. Two women that I admire and found it difficult to take leave of. They have kind husbands and children to boot, which made saying goodbye even harder. Gullkistan is the ideal workplace, I dare-say. If you don’t mind icy conditions, you will find quiet and well-heated accommodation there.
I was working on a book situated in Iceland. I am expecting to finish it in a few months.
April 9th, 2012
After living a year in China, I decided to apply for an art residency,
in a place where nature and art both seems to be rich and alive.
I’m now working in Gullkistan, the perfect place to find the calmness
and the amount of space to follow the creative process.
Thank you Alda and Kristveig!
Here a first part of my project: Picture “the fence lamp” 2012
January 11th, 2012
Video : Mia Makela
Audio: Zahra Mani
All material shot in Iceland during Gullkistan residency in September 2011.
Premiere – Phonofemme, Vienna 30.10.2011
Support : AVEK, Arts Council of Finland
Thanks: Gullkistan Residency. Iceland
October 5th, 2011
Hi! my name is Rachel Rader. I live in Seattle, Washington. This is my first time in Iceland and I love it!
(The albino pony is a friend we made in Laugarvatn, and the rock stack was on top of Gullkistan mountain marking the path… That’s me in front of the waterfall. And the photo of me lying in the moss is a part of a series I started on our road trip around the perimeter of the island before we made it to Gullkistan… it was taken at Godafoss.)
Being a resident at Gullkistan has given me the rare opportunity to recuperate and create. Thanks Alda and Kristveig!
August 1st, 2011
Howdy there! My name is Vivian and I am from the United States (Washington).
I came here to Laugarvatn to paint the landscape. So far, I´ve finished four paintings and I am fairly pleased with my progress. My artistic abilities are being stretched as Iceland has a lot of varying shades of grey and, since I don´t often work with grey, I am trying my best to discover the subtle joys of greyness. =)
August 1st, 2011
Some pictures of my trip that I will use later for my work.