26. January to 2. April
Special Exhibition at the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands
Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir’s art breaks with what we are familiar with in the Faroese context, both in terms of contents and style. Her paintings tell stories that spring from her life and thoughts. Nature is often the backbone of Faroese art, but people are the focus of Sigrun’s works. Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir paints subtle images with a deep content in a naïvist and surrealist vein. The images depict nature, family and faith and they address existential questions. This is art on a Christian foundation and the symbols and subjects reference stories and teachings from the Bible.
The style is figurative and narrative. Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir uses acrylics on canvas and this makes the colours matt and gives them a subtle grey tinge. The background is often a large plane in a single colour and subjects are frequently contoured using black lines. Differences in size are glaringly obvious in Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir’s images. She distorts the sizes of subjects so that a bird can be bigger than a house, but it can also be so small that it is hard to spot. Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir explains that her thinking is that little things cannot do without big things and big things cannot do without little things. Rarely is any concrete place described in the paintings. Still, unique Faroese traits can be sensed in the environment and the people. We are left with an impression of the spirit of the Faroe Islands.
Using simple and figurative imagery, Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir paints what is in her heart. Sigrun works with certain themes, such as Bible stories, fairy-tales, family love and age. Symbols are an important part of her imagery and they have become a hallmark of her art.