Flóðbylgja

”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm.
”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm.
”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm.
”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on ca...
”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm.
”Flóðbylgja”, 2010, oil on ca...

Flóðbylgja is a treatment of Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1829). This painting was shown  in conjunction with an animated video Reynisdrangar I made, in an exhibition titled: Nordens U-land?, Isländsk konst i kristid at Färgfabrik Norr in Östersund in Sweden. The three hebrew letters in the lower right hand corner have their origins in Jewish mysticism. The perilous and powerful waters surrounding Iceland teeming with fish and nourishment has since the Viking settlement  in 900 A.D. represented a source of freedom for the Icelanders. The sound in Reynisdrangar from the waves breaking provided a companion of ambient sound for the painting.