tuula närhinen

Shaving in East Iceland

As an artist in residency at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seydisfjördur, I lived in a tiny house that was the home of the renowned Icelandic conceptual artist Birgir Andrésson (1955–2007).

Walking outside over the hills of the fjord, I came across bits and pieces of wool shed by pasturing sheep. Inspired by a photograph of the bearded face of Andrésson staring at me from the living room wall, I decided to gather pieces of wool and use it to grow beard and mustache.
The resulting series of self-portraits enabled me to blend within the local landscape and to connect with the legacy of its hairy genius loci.

. .. Shaving in East Iceland exhibited at the SUPERMARKET2018 Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden 12.-15.4.2018 .