Vita

Born in Akureyri, Island

MEISTERSCHÜLER STUDIES

class of Prof. Kati Barath, University of the Arts Bremen

DIPLOM FINE ARTS

class of Prof. P.W. Schaefer, Prof. Kati Barath, Prof. Ingo Vetter, University of the Arts Bremen

DIPLOM ART THERAPY AND PEDAGOGY

University of applied sciences and arts in Ottersberg

Jónína Mjöll Thormodsdottir comes from Iceland. The love of nature which has its source in her native country, as also the changes between that country and longer stays abroad, are implicit in her choice of artistic themes. It is the depiction of birds, mainly migratory or aquatic birds, either in flight or on the water, which the artist treats through such varied media as drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, photo and film.

Her focus in these works is on the themes of movement, weightlessness, flight, freedom, emptiness and space. Very important to her is the experimental employment of materials. For this reason, for example, she makes use in her objects of natural materials such as bones and feathers, and her paintings are done on natural wood surfaces, the grain of which reinforces the impression of the structure of the water‘s surface. In the last year she has also concerned herself with the subject of ice. She has produced a first group of works which concentrate on the relationship between sky, water and earth and on the theme of transience. Seen in its physical aspect melting ice simply represents the change from one aggregate state to another, but viewed against the background of the proximity of her native Iceland to the Arctic circle, to melting glaciers and the disappearing polar ice cap, Jónína Mjöll Thormodsdottir‘s works contain a warning with regard to both the threatening ecological crisis and the fragility of a natural habitat.

Collections

BIRD’S FLIGHTGerman Federal Ministry for Environment, Conservation and Safety of Reactors Bonn

EASE Renafan, Hamburg

Exibitions

2021 KYRRÐ, Gallery Mjólkurbúðin Akureyri Iceland

2021 GOLDDUSCHE Q18 Qurartier am Hafen, Köln Gemeinsam mit ihrem Künstlerkollektiv LadiesArtistLoveLove mit Eva Naomie Watanbe und Sanaz Starcic

2019 UM FJÖLL OG FOSSA VON BERGEN UND WASSERFÄLLEN Barmstedt/Hamburg Co-Ausstellung mit Margrét Rós Hardardóttir
2018 HAF Künstlerhaus Güterbahnhof Tor 40 Bremen Co-Ausstellung mit Margrét Rós Hardardóttir

2017 DRAWING ENCOUNTER, Art & Design Center, Nagoya

2017 OPEN STUDIO, Artist in Residence Programm (as lecturer)

2017 HAGEN SIE SO ETWAS SCHON GESEHEN? Osthaus Museum in Hagen
2017 OH WOW — MEISTERSCHÜLERAUSSTELLUNG WESERBURG Museum für Moderne Kunst Bremen
Nagoya University of Arts Nagoya
2017 OH WOW Weserburg — Museum für moderne Kunst Bremen

2017 HAGEN SIE SO ETWAS SCHON GESEHEN? Osthaus Museum Hagen

2017 DRAWING ENCOUNTER, Gallery Nua, Nagoya, Japan

2017 OPEN STUDIO, Artists in residence program, Nagoya, Japan

2016 vier Monate Aufenthalt at University of Fine Arts Hanoi

2016 ONE WEEK Vietnam University of fine Arts

2016 SNÆR Galerie Seitenblick, Bremen

2015 DIPLOMA-EXHIBITION Galerie Dechanatstrasse, Bremen

2015 WING STROKE SWANS ABOVE THE LAKE Bird Museum Osterholz-Scharmbeck

2014 BLIND DATE PAINTING within the framework of the exhibition 

2014 THE BOOK Galery Roy Zülpich

2014 STONE LULLABY Galery Flut, HFK Bremen

2014 WOMAN IN THE CAGE Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst 

2013 LIKE FLYING Galerie Credo, Bremen

2013 FINE ARTS IN PUBLIC SPACES, invited by Uwe Jonas, Berlin Lichtenberg

2012 IN DIALOGUE WITH JOHN CAGE, The Faculty of Music Bremen

2012 THE STONE Galerie Dechanatstraße, Bremen 

2012 VODOU Übersee-Museum, Bremen

2012 JUNGE KUNST Federal ministry of environmental affairs, Bonn

2011 UNTITLED St. Jürgen Hospital, Bremen co-exhibition with Mirsad Herenda

2010 LIFE — DEATH Theater am Goethplatz, Bremen

2009 COLOUR NAMES Theater am Goetheplatz Bremen

2007 POEM‘S LIGHT in the framework of the festival, LJÓSANÓTT NIGHT OF LIGHTS Keflavík, Icelan