Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir

Jóna Hlíf was born in 1978 and lives and works in Reykjavík. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Akureyri in 2005, completed a MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2007 and a MA in art education from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Jóna Hlíf has extensive experience in the fields of the visual arts and their management. She has worked as an independent visual artist since 2006, served as chairman of the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (2014-2018) and director of Gerðarsafn (2019-2021). Jóna Hlíf has partaken in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and exhibition spaces in Iceland and abroad. Her work is represented in the collection of all the major museums in Iceland. Jóna Hlíf has been a part-time teacher at the Iceland Academy of the Arts since 2013.

During my stay at HIAP Residency I will be working on new textworks and drawing. Textual-based art and researching material has been the core of my artistic expression for years. Through exploring text as “texture,” my works show how it can both support or dominate visible objects (visuality), operate as a means of depicting thought and creating societies, be a foundation for ideas, or act as a door to creativity and understanding. Recent works have dealt with essence, time, and the Picture (or the Image) as reflected through text. In these works, words can be given new meanings and connotations, becoming reconstructed either in interaction with the materials or media used, its context, or placement in space. I am interested in looking at what unites the Nordic arts and the challenges we as a Nordic society face. I plan to attend exhibitions and go for studio visits during my stay.