i8 Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Ragna Róbertsdóttir. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.
Róbertsdóttir´s latest works are characterised by ambiguities of time and place. The work consists of natural materials gathered from the sea, including shells from Arnarfjördur in the remote Icelandic Westfjords. There the artist has been avidly collecting shells and has been drawn by the cycle that occurs as shellfish grow, develop their own unique form, and then decay into the homogeneity of the gravel and yellow sands that are characteristic of the fjord´s beaches. Róbertsdóttir´s collection and classification of shells has taken place over many years, and their display here has been executed with patience and meticulous attention – all for the brief moment of the exhibition. Róbertsdóttir also uses sea salt, both in its raw state – as in one of her geometric wall installations – but also in pieces based upon the random crystallizations that occur through evaporation of water.
The continual undercurrent of change and transformation that surrounds us is the main subject of Róbertsdóttir´s exhibition. The material world is either becoming or decaying, constantly reforming into something utterly different, through processes of varying duration. As an artist Róbertsdóttir directs our attention to these natural evolutions, but she also intervenes, becoming a participant by transforming raw material through her work. Like an alchemist, the artist gathers materials from nature and transforms them, so that they take on new value as works of art, conforming to a different set of rules within culture.
Ragna Róbertsdóttir´s (b. 1945) works have been exhibited widely – in Europe, the US, China and Australia. Solo exhibitions include Bury Art Gallery Museum + Archives, Bury, UK (2008), New Bedford Art Museum, Massachusetts, US (2005), Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China (2004), Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir, Iceland (2004), National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland (2003) and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (1991).