Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
12.01 - 26.01 2013
The terms of play are existential. At hand is a meditation about participation. About the idea of presence and the present.
Ásta probes the unconscious condition with remarkable restraint, problematizing the nature of our relation to the world, both internal and external, and the ways in which we are distracted from the everyday act of being.
The white figures appear as versions—re imaginings—of what locates us most superficially in the present: our bodies. And yet the figures are hardly present. Juxtaposed with the outlines of the beings, the lines in the wood suggest movement even as the figures remain eerily inactive; they locate us somewhere in between time—as in a cross section of a tree.
In part, the beauty of Ásta’s work rests in her restraint from judgment. The overarching suggestion regards the deceptive power of the internal to distract us—a reflection on the ways in which we do or do not experience the present actively, consciously, meaningfully. And yet it remains unclear whether the transparency of the figures convey their strength or their weakness. Is it awareness that we lack? Or are we too aware? The answers to our questions undulate as an ocean of wood—in constant flux.
Text: Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir
Postcard of the exhibition