A series of works on paper (gouache and inkjet prints) reflecting scale of the mining operation, the aesthetic qualities of the layers of earth exposed by the open pit mines and the giant machinery used to move material in order to reach the lignite layer and to remake the landscape.
Kristín Rúnarsdóttir (b. 1984) is a visual artist living and working in Keflavik, Iceland. Her work finds inspiration in the curiosities of sign systems, rules, and organization. She holds an M.A. from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and a B.A. in fine art from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Rúnarsdóttir has held solo exhibitions at the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik 2015; Reykjanes Art Museum, Keflavik 2014; and Galleri Fisk, Bergen 2012.
Into the Abyss of the Lignite Clouds
The focus of the expedition and workshops in the landscape around the Most Basin is on current changes in the heavily industrialized landscape, especially with regard to the loss of historical continuity, the transfers of geological layers and social structures, and current discussions about the abolition of territorial limits, as well as the potential for further degradation and exploitation of the landscape by extensive open cast mining. …