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Fingals Cave

Fingals Cave, 2015 - Katrín Sigurðardóttir


about this work

Fingal’s Cave (2015) is a representation of the eponymous natural cave situated on the uninhabited island Staffa, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The cave is famous for its natural acoustics and unique structure of basalt columns, which surround it with myth and legend. The cave itself has been an inspiration to artists, writers and musicians for many years. Its size and arched roof produce eerie sounds with the echoes of waves giving it the atmosphere of a cathedral. Its Gaelic name An Uaimh Bhinn means 'the melodious cave'.

This edition was published by Parasol Unit in London on the occasion of Katrín Sigurðardóttir's solo exhibition Supra Terram in 2015.

about Katrín Sigurðardóttir

°1967, Reykjavík (IS) – lives and works in New York (US)

Through building fictional architecture, Katrín Sigurðardóttir explores the effects of physical structures and boundaries on perceived reality, using the language of architecture and sculpture to evoke profound experiences. In most of Sigurðardóttir's installations some double-edged aspects are apparent: one part illusionistic surface, the other the physical reality of its construction.

Katrín Sigurðardóttir has had notable solo exhibitions, including shows at MIT List Visual Art Center, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and MoMA PS1, New York. Her work has also been shown in several major group exhibitions at venues such as New Museum, New York; Turbine Hall Tate Modern, London; and S.M.A.K., Ghent. In 2013, she represented Iceland at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Sigurðardóttir's work is present in many important public collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Reykjavik Museum of Art; and The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham.

You can find more works by Katrín Sigurðardóttir on her own website.

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