Painting with watercolor has been my passion for years. I have been experimenting with all kinds of colors, papers and canvases. I also paint with oil colors on aluminum, canvas and timber.
My newest experiment has been making Light Sculptures. The Light Sculptures are made of a frame covered with white or multicolor paper. The electric light inside the sculpture creates an even more powerful color play.
The Icelandic nature with its powerful contrast of ice and fire has been my main inspiration. Intuition and flow are leading me in creating my art whether it is painting or making sculptures.
In the process of making the Light Sculptures, I begin with painting with watercolor or ink on the paper which is either Japanese or ordinary thin paper. I blend the colors on the paper with the purpose of making interesting color blends and explosions. Then I make a frame either from wire or plaster of Paris. After that I tear the paper apart in small pieces and mix them again and glue the grated paper to the frame. I create on purpose cracks and tears for the light to go through and for an additional character.
In painting both with oil and watercolors I paint with the work lying horizontally. I use a lot of water or turpentine in the purpose of making the colors flow and mix more fluently. I´m looking after interesting blends of colors and explosions. I paint abstract forms but underlying is the power of nature. Volcanic eruptions and the ocean and water in all forms are inspiring like waterfalls and icebergs.
Delicate forms like tulips are also interesting. Tulips become surrealistic in the end of their lifespan and I have been playing with that idea, painting them in abstract forms with human characteristics.
In the year 2014 I started making the Light Sculptures for the exhibition: "On Bees and Flowers"
Aðalsteinn Eyþórsson wrote the following article in the paper Reykjavík Grapevine in context with the exhibition "On Bees and Flowers" in Anarkia in September 2014
ʺ Helga Sigurðardóttir's exhibition features paper-maché sculptures fitted with lights and watercolor paintings that focus on different aspects of fertility and reproduction. The sculptures allude to beehives and the important role of bees for fertility and growth in the natural world – and also for the living conditions of mankind, for it is estimated that the production of up to one third of the food that humans consume is dependent on the pollination of bees. The watercolor works are based on abstractions from tulip flowers - a natural partner in the bees' fertility work – but the tulip-forms have freed themselves from any direct reference to reality and assumed an independent meaning with various formal and symbolic allusions. Plenty of water is used in the painting process, which adds to the flowing of the colors and creates color explosions that in combination with the ambiguous organic forms express love, happiness and anger as well as making reference to life and fertility.″
My background as an artist lies in numerous courses in the Art school of Kopavogur. I am also working as a physical therapist for a part-time work.
In 2015 I graduated with BA degree as an art historian from the University of Iceland.
I am one of 14 members of Art Gallery 101 situated in downtown Reykjavík. My workshop is in Smiðjuvegur 74 in Kopavogur and there I work with 3 other artists.
I have held many exhibitions both private and with others. In 2008 in the 60.th edition of The International Artist Magazine there was an article of 10 pages about the creation of my art.
Further information is on www.helgasigurdardottir.com and Facebook
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