Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir is a magic artist from Reykjavik, Iceland.
Her multi-faceted and layered work covers different styles and fields, but we wanted to feature her mixed media art in our printed “Creative Guide for Curious People” available in our E-commerce!
The Icelandic Arts Center describes Inga:
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (b. 1982) studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her work is a game of layers, both in her smaller collages and her bigger wall-pieces, as everywhere in her imagery one will find a mixture of old national emblems, waterfalls, mountains, and animals. Nowhere does Ingibjörg leave an empty space, evoking a Baroque-era fear of emptiness. Her symbols can be interpreted in various ways in a broad art historical context; all reveal evident sources of inspiration, especially Surrealism. As she samples and mixes from various fields, Ingibjörg’s ornateness nevertheless strips these symbols of meaning, leaving only a play of forms and giving her art a playful dimension.
We are completely glad to introduce you to this emerging artist and to show you here some of her video work together with our exclusive interview!
Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?
I have been drawing & painting all my life but my first paid project was an album cover for a crazy Icelandic balkan band called Stórsveit Nix Noltes. I discovered then, how much fun it can be to listen to an album and make artwork that fits the music. My latest project was a video for a choir piece. I´ve never done that before and it was really exciting and in some ways more open and creative than making videos for pop songs. I am not going to speculate about my future projects as I am always getting new and exciting projects and offers to do things I never expected to do. The only thing I can say is that I look forward to the future.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?
There are so many things that inspire me… People, animals, nature, music, books… Etc. I try to be as open minded as possible every day and then the most obscure things inspire me. For example I was making porridge the other day and ended up filming it as it bubbled away.
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of doing what you do, or what is your actual dream?
I was really into mathematics when I was a teenager and actually signed myself into the mathematics department in the university at the same time as I started art school. I ended up choosing art school but I really want to study more mathematics in the future.
Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting thing that you’ve found in your career until now?
The most interesting thing about my work today is that I am constantly learning new things. I am always meeting new people who teach me new working methods&new ways of thinking. I also have this rule that each project I start I have to learn something new, and the internet is an inexhaustible fountain in that department. All the wonderful people out there that make tutorials and put them on the internet….Whoever you are… I salute you!
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
I grew up in Mosfellsbær which is a small town just outside Reykjavík. My street was the last one in the neighborhood, and then it was just fields and mountains so it was a wonderful place to grow up. We were constantly discovering new things and as we got older the radius just grew; there was so much space. Now I live in Reykjavík and one of the great things about living where I live are the short distances. You have everything you need just 5 to 10 minutes away.
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