Gabriela Fridriksdottir | the artist
The artist Gabriela Fridriksdottir
Born 1971, Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Working with a food processor, milk and powdered cocoa poured from a white sculpture of a head, Ms. Fridriksdottir covers herself in chocolatey goo, which she also drinks and regurgitates; emerges from and disappears into a slimy pod; and makes clever use of pantyhose and a mop head. The net results evoke an earlier phase of human ritual, if not evolution, while displaying considerable debt to earlier feminist artists like Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, Eva Hesse and Karen Finley, as well as to the king of Nordic camp, Odd Nerdrum…
Gabriela Fridriksdottirs art is diverse. Drawings, sculptures, paintings, installations, performances, video and films are among her various concerns. Born in Reykjavík 1971, she studied at Iceland Academy of the Arts. She lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2005, she represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale…
Gabriela Fridriksdottirs dreamlike imagery is strongly influenced by Icelandic mythology. Her films, drawings, sculptural installations and performances often depict pain and melancholy. Her characters appear to be some kind of amoeba-like spirits that move in a trance. Gabriela Fridriksdottir works are often developed in collaboration with other artists, such as the dancer Erna Omarsdottir, the musician Björk or the composer Johann Johannsson. In the exhibition she shows the sculptural installation Inside the Core and the performance piece Fermentation, with the dancer Erna Omarsdottir…
Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Ouroboros
The Ouroboros (tail-devourer) is a dragon or serpent that bites its own tail thus forming a complete circle. One of the oldest mystical symbols, it originates from ancient Egyptian mythology where it was used to represent the sun and its eternal cyclical movement. Adopted by the Greeks, Romans and Norse as well as other more diverse mythologies such as Hindu, Ashanti and Aztec, the meaning of the Ouroboros has widened to symbolise the cycle of life and death, opposites in balance with each other, continuous renewal and the eternal unity of all things, thus by extension: infinity…