Mythistoria - chapter III - the great whale. at wind and weather gallery in reykjavik IS
Mythistoria is Latin, meaning fabulous narrative and tall tale.
This site specific installation at the artist run Wind and Weather gallery in Reykjavik is the 3rd in a series of window gallery projects I have created since 2013.
However it began in Reykjavik at a residency at SIM in 2008 when I had a dream about a whale that was very determined about saying something to me. So to find out more I did drawings about whales, researching their mythology and listening to their songs at the residency. One of these whales was exhibited in a small window gallery in Kaffifelagid Kafe. This work has since been exhibited in various forms at Window Box in Oslo (NO)(2013) and at Studio 17 in Stavanger (NO) (2015) where I have expanded on my exploration of this story of the “underworld” in the ocean.
The Whale is an animal that holds mythological power and an ancient creature that was here at the beginning of time. Whales have seen, felt and heard everything. Once they where land-animals, slowly developing to be sea-creatures. Whales are the storytellers and keepers, communicating ancient stories and current events. We are the listeners.
In mythology, as with biology and ecology, all creatures small and large hold equal importance in the greater story. In this work I explore the underwater mythological stories of the ocean and creatures such as whales, frog, fish, plankton and octopus.
Mythistoria is a site-specific work using wall collage with cut-out drawings and painting with black ink on the window glass.
I am excited to return this work to Reykjavik where it originated 11 years ago.
The Wind and Weather Gallery is centrally located in Hverfisgata 37, and the public will see the work 24/7.