Melkorka Helgadóttir

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Duckbill Mask, 2009 Acrylics And Gesso On Canvas 13 X 17,3 In Each © Melkorka Helgadóttir 2009
Sukkbilud platpussa (Ducks), 2008 Felt Tip Pen On Newsprint 18 X 24 In. © Melkorka Helgadóttir 2009
Black Bile, 2004 Mixed Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
Collage Animal, 2006 Mixed Media 13.8 X 13.4 X 15.7 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Book 2 (cover), 2004 Artist Book 7.0 X 5.1 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Bear Wall Quilt, 2007 Fabric 137.8 X 86.6 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
BFA Project, 2008 Mixed Media Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
Frigid Slut, 2009 Gesso On Fabric 4 F X 4 F 8 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Comic, 2009 Chalk On Paper 8.5 In X 9.7 In Each. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Crying, 2009 Gesso On Fabric 4 F 6 In X 6 F 4.5 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Exquisite Korks, 2010 Artist Book 14.5 X 0.8 X 7.4 In. © Melkorka Helgadottir
Breaking My Spell, 2011 Fabric Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
Breaking My Spell, 2011 Fabric Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
Identity Jacket, 2010 Fabric Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
Identity Jacket, 2010 Fabric Various © Melkorka Helgadottir
MeeMee Mine Icelandic International Electro Queen TM, 2012 Photograph © Melkorka Helgadottir, Tyler Hurd
Quick Facts
Reykjavik, Iceland
Birth year
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2010, MFA
Icelandic Academy of Arts, 2008, BFA
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Melkorka Helgadóttir, A.K.A. Korka, is an Icelandic visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her drawings, collages, paintings, installations and clothing are influenced by modern pop culture and personal experiences. Her work explores ideas of identity and internal turmoil.

Helgadóttir graduated in 2008 with a BFA degree from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She received an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010.




MFA degree The San Francisco Art Institute. Sculpture Department. San Francisco, USA. 2008 – 2010.

B.F.A. degree from The Icelandic Academy of The Arts. Visual Arts department. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2004 – 2008.

Select Exhibitions

Breaking My Spell. An endurance performance art and fashion ritual by Michelle L. Morby. Head fashion designer. Reykjavik Marathon. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2011.

Vernissage, The San Francisco Art Institute MFA Graduation Exhibition. Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion. San Francisco. 2010.

Do you want to C my little c? Group exhibition with Graduate program students at San Francisco Art Institute. Curator and participant. The Swell Gallery. San Francisco. 1010.

Wonderland. Offstage. Group exhibition curated by Lance Fung. The Tenderloin area. San Francisco. 2009.

Project Survival. Project manager and participant. Group exhibition with students of Carlos Villa at the San Francisco Art Institute. In Collaboration with The Luggage Store Gallery. The Warfield Building. San Francisco. 2009.

BFA Exhibition with students graduating from BFA program of the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Kjarvalsstadir. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2008.

Naergongul fjarvera (Intrusive Absence). Collaboration with Eva Dagbjört Óladóttir. Gallery Smatima. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2007.

Thridji urgangur – Faraldur. Minus afsokun
. Group exhibition with students from the Iceland Academy of The Arts. Austurbaer. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2007.

DIONISIA. Co-curator. Residencies and collaborations, hosted by various small towns of Iceland. 2007.

Midbaugur – Perla. Group exhibition with students from the Iceland Academy of The Arts. Perlan. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2007.

Mini Me. Group exhibition with students from the Iceland Academy of The Arts. Gallery Gyllinhaed. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2006.

Garnival. Thorsgata 6. Reykjavik, Iceland. Culture Night 2005.

Gjorningavedur, performance night. In Collaboration with Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir. The Modern Art Museum. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2005.

Untitled. Group exhibition with students from the Iceland Academy of The Arts. The Icelandic Natural History Museum. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2004.


Viking Saga. Voice-actor for audio project by Rod Summers. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2008.

Foxbyte. Artwork for album Foxbyte by band Mr. Silla & Mongoose. In collaboration with Sigurlaug Gísladóttir. Reykjavik, Iceland. 2007