At the core of Elemental are not only select Icelandic artists, but Iceland altogether, with its special and indeed “elemental” natural forces, including volcanoes, glaciers, seismic activity, powerful rivers and waterfalls, geology, and the immense ocean. Encountering the Icelandic landscape is profound, humbling, and transformative, which Icelanders well know, but which many ardent visitors know as well. Elemental arises from such experiences in Iceland, and recognizes that many excellent Icelandic artists have found fascinating ways of making what is, in effect, a very elemental art. While this work may not be “about” Iceland, Iceland is in the work, and in the consciousness that produced the work: a homeland on the mind that greatly contributes to and energizes each artist’s deep inquiry.
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