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When a mature person feels the urge to create something special and unique, to harness his imagination and joy of expression, there is only one way to do

A spotless mind

When a mature person feels the urge to create something special and unique, to harness his imagination and joy of expression, there is only one way to do it: go back to where he came from, reopen the doors to his childhood and start again where he left off: to create for oneself

He emphasizes the image and itĹs motive, how it connects to memories and current affairs. The works portray daily tasks, refering  to folklore and fables, ancient ways of farming, fairy tales and myths. But when the artist is faced with difficulties the ways of his expression changes, it may even become furious and violent, demanding and provocative; it is as though the artists life depends on the outside world paying attention to him. Sometimes the works address ethical, or even political and metaphysical questions
On the one hand outsider-art has an alluring timelessness, with few exceptions, on the other hand it is tragic in some way, there is a sense of suffocation in a restricted area and an overwhelming loneliness; but at its core, the urge to create, is the same in both instances

Outsider-art reveals itself in ancient cave art, and then later throughout history. It is diverse, special, it seldom evolves, sometimes sidesteps, but can never be categorized as belonging to a certain style or school in the strict sense of modern art

The outsider-artist often focuses on the representation of the likeness of features to his model, whether drawing from life or from memory, but it goes without saying that the image is never perfect; it is like watching the world through an opaque glass or gauze, and that is where the miracle starts: a door to a magical world opens up and evokes joy and happiness in the spectators heart, because all of a sudden he stands face to face with his own lost childhood

Icelandic people are increasingly looking back to their heritage and acknowledging artistic creation that addresses their minds directly; viewing wonderful works of art, spacious masses, unique art objects, beautiful minds. Icelandic outsider-art is a simple  unceremonious expression of life, created by people who are innocently pure of heart, conceived from the core of the psyche ľ just like gold

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١runn Hjartardˇttir
Hringbraut 74, 107 ReykjavÝk
(+354) 5512512 / 6912512
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