freedom to try new works and explore creativity through limitations.
It’s been an absolute joy to work at the residency… the darkness outside and the time we spent focused on the work allowed us to develop many new ideas with a refreshed perspective and to collaborate with other artists on a common ground.
I found that one has a lot of time to think and reflect here (in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland), and the insights gained from that are extremely valuable.
Living in a town surrounded by mountains has also been a deeply affecting experience as the sense of being closed in is not something I’ve experienced before or was even prepared for.
Suffering is a mystery, not a problem.
The landscape is not the most valuable and only asset of Iceland but Icelanders.
Highly productive. Overall, positive. It was a time I will always remember. 🙂
I am overwhelmed by the warmth of the Icelanders and enjoy the freedom at Skammdegi as much as I would.
Skammdegi brought so much cool/crazy art to this little, quiet town; it was wonderful to join the community of Olafsfjordur for a couple months and exchange our many differences.
I realized my inner strength to be able to endue a dark winter in a very isolated part of the world.
Difficult, but very rewarding.
I loved the time and the outdoors.
I liked that we could set our own pace of making something new.
I love this residency and I feel lucky to have met these people and the town.
Lots of freedom to re-direct my practice in a supportive and focused space. Having the festival was a good outcome to work towards. Also, working in a an atmosphere that was completely different was interesting.
This was such a rare opportunity in life and a real gift.
Learn the art of living, like cooking, washing, cleaning, etc.
Friendship, with the artists and local people.
Help each others without benefit and share what I have.
Inspiration from landscape and transform it into artwork and bring it into community.
Life includes happiness and sorrow. I am not alone.
… Before I come here I thought that the biggest challenge would be not to be able to leave if i wanted to because of the bad weather.
… Then I got here and the simple life of this place became what I ‘d end up treasuring the most during my stay. There are no unnecessary options to waste time, and I really did not feel like surrender to any distractions yet…
Excerpts from her blog
“Spending time at an artistic residency in Northern Iceland has opened my mind to many elements in the art world and our artistic practice….
…The mountains here in Iceland pose a platform for contemplation about the latter, they make us delve deep into our minds, we can find inspiration from the simplest things and then we are expected…”
Excerpts from Art is a big word to chew on
When I came here I thought that my main goal was to put a full stop to finalize a big span of my life. In this circumstance Iceland appeared to be a symbolic and intensive place with a strong ability to demonstrate myself to myself: with all my doubts and fears. Obviously, I managed to close my previous Gestalt.