About four years ago when I first joined Flickr I came across the work of
Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, an artist from Iceland. I wasn't the only one. She has had millions of views on her Flickr stream and many, many fans worldwide. I have spent hours looking at her images, studying them, deciphering them, wondering about her technique, marveling at her creativity. Her landscape photographs of Iceland make me want to get on a plane and go to this mysterious, faraway place. But, it is her self-portrait work that literally take my breath away. She seems to invent a new world with each of her nuanced images. They are so deeply imaginative and inspiring.
I am particularly excited to feature Rebekka's work here today because this Friday in New York City there will be a show from the recent Artists Wanted self-portrait call for entries that will partly exhibit her work - Rebekka is one of two artists honored with the People's Choice Award. Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent.
I had originally planned on going to the opening night and meeting Rebekka in person, as well as seeing all of the other incredible works of the artists being honored but I'm going to be out of town. I'm hoping to make it there some time next week to see the show for myself. But, in the meantime, I'm enjoying them all
online and you should too.
The information for the show is as follows:
Friday, March 12th, from 7pm through 10pm
Self : Expressed
Open House Gallery
201 Mulberry Street, Manhattan
Be sure to visit her website and her
Flickr site - but don't say I didn't warn you...you will get completely lost in her world and not realize it until hours have passed.
Here is the text of Rebekka's Bio from the
Artists Wanted site.
My name is Rebekka, and I'm Icelandic. Although armed with a BA degree in visual arts from Icelands Academy of the Arts as of May '09, I'm largely self-taught in photography, which is my main outlet of creativity, along with good old-fashioned drawing, with pencil on paper. I've flirted with self-portraiture for several years. To begin with , this self-scrutiny was a means of healing a badly bruised self image. Over time, my self-portraits have evolved in several different directions. Spurred on by my love for the Icelandic landscape, an active imagination and stubborn do-it-yourself attitude, I work alone, preferably in uncomfortable conditions, often employing props I've made or found. I aim to create images which invoke the viewers curiosity, allowing their imagination free reign to create a narrative around the moment I've chosen to present. Some of these are sparked by emotional turmoil or personal experience, others are simply playful, surreal or disturbing images my minds eye has conjured up, and I feel a need to share with others. In addition to pursuing my artistic goals, I'm the mother of two boys, and design & knit sweaters for a living.
All images Copyright Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir.
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