Fragile Viking

May 29, 2015 — weeannabee

This is my project from my residency in Fljotstunga, Iceland. It comprises paper boats, floating in rural Iceland, including in an ice and lava cave. It’s about lots of things – human fragility in the harsh landscape, the sheer aburdity of placing paper in this extreme environment, journeys – literal and emotional, displacement, etc. It is also a very personal and emotional project about me, and the absurdity of being in this world at all with my particular disabilities. In the end this almost morphed into a performative piece, because the conditions were so difficult, that placing and photographing the boats became an exercise in bloody-mindedness and battle against the extreme wind and cold.

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