Supra Terram

Katrin Sigurðardóttir makes work that examines distance and memory and their embodiments in architecture, cartography, and traditional landscape representations.

Artist Bio

Supra Terram is a large-scale installation in which a cave-like structure intersects a building on two levels and redefines the architecture of the building with its volume. The experience is an overlay of two places, paradoxically put together into one, complicating the navigation of the exhibition space by changing the volume and shape of the rooms of the pre-existing building. The construction of these panels will not be concealed in any way so that the distinction between the existing and inserted structures is clear. Through this intervention, the preexisting building is called to play a counterpart in the installation as its design is activated in an unexpected way.

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Katrin Sigurðardóttir

Long Island City, NY

Katrin Sigurðardóttir was born in Iceland, but moved to the United States in 1988. In the last 20 years, her works have been shown extensively in Europe, North and South America, and are included in numerous public and private collections. In her work, Sigurðardóttir explores the way physical structures and boundaries define perception. Through unexpected shifts in scale, she examines distance and memory, and their embodiments in architecture, cartography and traditional landscape representations. While alluding to real locations, her works question both the verity of these places and our accounts of them. Sigurðardóttir’s work crosses the boundary between perceptual and embodied space, between vision and experience. Her work reminds us that the production of space is a complex phenomenon, in which perceptual and representational aspects cannot be separated from function or use.