Viewing Room

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Ragna Róbertdóttir

Ragna Róbertdóttir

Saltscape 29th April 2020, 2020
Sea salt and red hot spring mud
30 x 30 cm

Saltscape 23rd April 2020, 2020
Sea salt and red hot spring mud
30 x 30 cm

Saltscape 22nd April 2020, 2020
black lava salt
30 x 30 cm

Saltscape 21st May 2020, 2020
black lava salt
30 x 30 cm

Ragna Róbertsdóttir works with the concept of drawing in a unique method that touches upon the scientific. Her artworks project an overall tactile sensibility to the natural elements which come from her homeland, Iceland.
The artist states, "I always have done it very simply. Often the story is in the material.” In her Saltscape series, Róbertsdóttir engages in a more elusive substance, the sea itself. Using various kinds of sea salts mixed in water, she creates her own studio laboratory by pouring the solution onto glass panes to activate the crystallization process through evaporation, engaging in not only a scientific practice but a truly original process of ‘drawing’ with the mixture. The salt residue adheres to the glass, forming its configuration either by chance or intentionally; The resulting time-reflecting image could easily pass as a photograph, drawing, or an X-ray of some obscure landscape from an unknown world.