Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir
Class of 2014
Columbus did not find America – the Vikings did 2014, still from video
Columbus did not find America – the Vikings did
2014, still from video
Iceland Brooklyn, New York

Katrín I Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir (b. Iceland, 1982) lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008 she received a BA in visual art from the Iceland Academy ofthe Arts and received a B.A. in art history and art theory in 2012 from the University of Iceland. Katrín is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York (MFA 2014), and is a 2012/13 Fulbright Grantee. Katrín was awarded the Dungal Art Fund award for aspiring artists in 2012 and received the Guðmunda Andrésdóttir scholarship, which aims ?to promote and encourage promising artists to study. Katrín is co-founder of Artíma gallery and served as board member of the Sequences Real-Time Art Festival in 2012. Katrín is co-founder of Contemporary.is, a web media about icelandic art today and is a current board member of Endemi, an art publication. Recent exhibitions include solo projects at Gallerí Dvergur (Dwarf Gallery) Reykjavík, the SÍM (Association of Icelandic Artists), and a project at Crymo in 2011. Katrín has participated in various group exhibitions, one of which was a project bearing the title Fræðimaðurinn (the Theorist) at the Museum of the 21st Century in Austria. In the work Katrín sent Ólafur Gíslason, a renowned art writer and theorist, as her contribution to the exhibition. In her recent exhibition at The Living Art Museum the essence of Katrín?s development as an artist is fully visible. The 6th Volume presents work and writings by individuals active within the practice and theory of visual art, chosen by Katrín in an attempt to define contemporary art, based on the Icelandic art practices that have influenced her. The goal is to con- struct an ?exhibition of every Icelandic contemporary artist? and by doing so, reflect on the current political environment of art. Katrín has hand made several hundred sculptures in the form of a victory cup, which she calls Gratitude Sculptures. In a letter to invited participants she wrote to individuals she defines as ?every Icelandic contemporary artists? consisting of artists, writers and thinkers involved in the field hoping to instigate an exchange; a work donated to Katrín for the exhibition in exchange for a Gratitude Sculpture. Katrín?s declared objective is to survive and save the world with art. Katrín?s subjects often include the social and political landscape and ecology of the art environment, which she funnels into her practice in unusual and personal ways, through various methods and mediums, such as writing, performance, drawing, sculpture making among other forms.

Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir, class of 2014

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The MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.