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Gudrun Nielsen

Gudrun Nielsen Reykjavík-based sculptor has spent most of her artistic career working in the UK. She has competed and exhibited at an international level and been granted many different awards for her art. Gudrun has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, e.g. Sweden, Germany and Italy.

Gudrun aligns herself with the kind of three-dimensional art which might be called a modernist-based formalism with minimalist or constructivist overtones. The ‘Japan factor’ should be seen in the context of the second aspect of Gudrun´s ‘style’, her enduring interest in clear and concise forms and proportions, and in qualities such as lightness and harmony, in short, everything that contributes to the optimum balance of elements within the work at hand as well as the environment without. These are qualities traditionally associated with the Japanese attitude to mass and space, as seen in the work of their most prominent architects. A fundamental aspect of this attitude is a certain spareness with regard to materials, which is also something that Gudrun subscribes to. Adalsteinn Ingolfsson.

The Barren wasteland series. It was in the summer of 2019 that I traced my father’s footsteps to the old trails of the barren wasteland west of Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland. We drove up to the Jökulheima cabin buildt 1955 at the foot of the glacier. It shocked me to find out that the glacier had retracted about 10 km and we could just get a glimpse of it in the distance from the cabin. In this area of barren wasteland, I took photographs without realising at the time what I would use them for. Soon after the trip I started to work on my photos and merged them with my dad’s old images taken up to 70 years apart in the area and on the glacier. I wanted to express with collage the known facts, that forces of nature are unpredictable and nowhere are the opposites as great as in this barren wasteland. Where the white glacier's edge has retreated and wide areas of black sand and wasteland appear. The Mountain Series 2014 – 2018 of recycled materials influenced Gudrun by working in her Reykjavík studio on the site of one of Iceland’s leading providers of environmental management services and clean energy. “Slow but constant changes in the immediate surroundings made the work happen naturally”, Gudrun stated.

Artworks (15)

Gudrun Nielsen, 2019

Obi 2019

Gudrun Nielsen, 2018

Travels 2000-2015, 2018

Gudrun Nielsen, 2010

Changes 2010

Gudrun Nielsen, 2007

Amigasamon 2007

Gudrun Nielsen, 1992

Wheel of progress 1992

Gudrun Nielsen, 2015

Labyrinth, London 2015

Gudrun Nielsen, 2014

Absent Core 2014

Gudrun Nielsen, 2018

Temple 2018

Gudrun Nielsen, 2009

Skylight and Obi V 2009

Gudrun Nielsen, 2010

Labyrinth, Leicester 2010

Gudrun Nielsen, 2011

Absent Belfry Shö-Rö 2011

Gudrun Nielsen, 2012

Borrowed View 231 2012

Gudrun Nielsen, 2013

Borrowed View 2013

Events (3)

Exhibition Member event

Breytingar / Changes

Exhibition Member event

The Wheel – part of the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2018

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