Svava Thordis Juliusson

Svava Thordis Juliusson

OUROBOROS, etc., (Bitter as Her Name)

Artist talk:  Sunday, June 10th at 2 PM

May 12 - July 15, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 7-9pm

The objects in Juliusson’s work emerge out of a kind of ritual, repeated until the artist feels she knows why or that there is enough. There is a confluence of ideas and actions, manifesting through the urgency of making and a new exploration of colours - a pale rococo palate and gold leaf (with blue, red and yellow as dangling participles or the reference to Juliusson’s previous work). The specific ideas are left unnamed, but through this work, Juliusson articulates a response to the politics of today, and conversely the elusiveness of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), while also exploring a personal narrative and that is “formless and unnamed” (Nicole Krauss Forest Dark).

A serpent-like form, the Ouroboros, who in Norse myth signals end of times if it releases its tail, will be central in the exhibition. It is the serpent as the tempter of Eve; the snake shedding skin – each layer, a renewal of being and becoming.


Image: Ouroboros, etc., (Fruitbearing), 2018. (Plaster, concrete, wood pedestal, fringe; 158cm x 30cm x 30cm)