New sculpture/installation work. A place prepared for sleep.

May 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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A place prepared for sleep / Staður undirbúin fyrir svefn. Found wood and iron, Icelandic wool. Skagastrond May 2013.

For the last opið hús at NES, Yogan made a sculpture from found materials he called Logn (calm). Two strings held a leaning shelf at an angle. As a response I made a sculpture of found wood, stacked, with light, and a string / cradle stretching from mine to his. A few days later we wanted to preserve the strings. I had thought about the mountain, but I had a dream about a place I had slept up on the cliffs behind our houses. I imagined the strings over that space, overlooking the sea.

So, we walked my string sculpture from the studio to the cliffs. We installed it over the space where I slept. The strings extend seven metres or so, and if you lie underneath they move and coalesce in the wind, and the strings look like how the waves sound. Meditative. Making liminal spaces habitable may generate new ideas of collectivity.

The piece is part of a public work / sculpture exhibition in Iceland – Summer We Go Public.

Thank you to Yogan Muller for inspiration. More images at www.marlainaread.com. Last image by Melody Woodnutt.

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ég sakna þín

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am really going to miss iceland.

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Greenland Sea

May 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Yesterday a chance encounter on a boat docked in Skags – we took portraits of the sailors for Guido to paint into murals in town, the mayor asked if we wanted to go on board for the final leg of the trip. Our destination was Siglufjord, a narrow and small fjord on the north coast of Iceland. It was about a 9 1/2 hour voyage…. sweet baby Jesus.

Huge seas (10 ft, 12 ft??), no sleep, one very sick cabin mate and a bit of time spent flying off our bench beds to floor. Drenched by huge wave outside while boat almost vertical… might have been some killer whale wrestling. A great adventure with fellow salty sea dogs Guido and Linda.

I was thankful to see dry land. Now to bed.

Faces. Faced.

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Tomorrow is the last day of our roadtrip circumnavigating Iceland. I have seen and experienced so many things. Seen a shifting landscape unlike anything…. Laughed a lot. Been frustrated.

Stood at the Greenland and Atlantic seas. Fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, craters, lakes, hot pools, snow, ice, misty mountains, the ocean, the sea, lava fields, fields of moss, crystal sands, volcanic ash, switchback roads, green fields, cairns, thermal lakes, reindeer, the rift between the European and North American tectonic plates, granite, obelisks  troll houses, turf houses, abandoned houses, mountains, valleys, alpine, pebble beaches.

There is so much more to see, feel, experience. This is my place.

Unknown to us and others – Vitað að okkur og aðra

May 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

My best friend died when she was just a young girl. I am not sure if that is true, or even any form of truth for anyone. I can remember some of what it felt like to be a child. I remember houses mostly. Do you long to be alone? Are you no longer alone? I have three weeks here in Iceland and then I return home. Except there is no real home for me anymore. I never quite fit, and being here has helped me to understand that. You know that feeling when you have been mispronouncing a word. Then you learn the right way to say it, and suddenly the word feels foreign slipping from your lips. I have been mispronouncing a lot of words. That is a metaphor. Fuck you. i cried for you today and i hate that I feel that way. The distance between you and me is the distance between me and a mountain. The distance between you and me, me and a mountain.

Haug (mound)

May 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Haug (mound) 2013. Hand sifted volcanic sand. Scavenged cloth. In situ shot at NES, Iceland.

More at http://www.marlainaread.com/index.php/current/haug-mound/

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