Íris Sigmundsdóttir

February 2, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Artist Interview

Name: Dagrun Iris
Age: 40
Birthday: 28 october
College: Akureyri School of Visual Art
Favorite Color: Pastels
Favorite Book: My organizer diary

Favorite Movie: Amelie
Favorite Food:Sushi
Favorite Quote: Its the mind that makes the body

Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
I have always been creative and had a need to express my feelings through art. It was at young age that I started to cut and paste, making collages. I went to art school and graduated as a graphic designer but after that I have been making most of my artworks with my hands and away from the computer.

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
It can be different with every artwork. Sometimes I have a story in my mind and thats what inspires my to collect materials that I feel is gonna fit the story and the artwork. Other times i collect things, material and colours that i like and in the process comes a story around it. Now I am inspired by colours, so I collect my material in a colour sceme that I like and i work with that.

What’s the best advice anyone gave you?
Make mistakes.

Do you suffer for your art?
I did when I tried to live only by doing art, that was bit tough. My art is always in my mind in a good way.

How would you define yourself as an artist?
I am a collage artist but I often mix a lot of different materials so its also mixed media artworks.

What inspires you to work?What inspires me the most are women, there minds and bodys and the pressure that comes from magazines and the media. Fashion, colours, looking at art, magazines, and music are all a big part as well.

You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your works tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the project?
Most of my work tell some kind of stories and I use some elements as symbols but just in my own way, not related to the art history but I am sure that would be so interesting to explore one day. Its also nice to hear different kind of storys from viewers that are looking at my art, so many different storys and I really like that. We all see different things.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Cindy Sherman is so inspiring, I always get so curius when looking at her artworks, they all have storys behind them.

What other interests do you have outside of art?
I am quite a spiritual person so I try to practice that.

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
There are so many different and inspiring things all around today and the internet makes it easyer to find them. I dont like mainstream movies I like to see something different that is new to me and leaves something behind. In photo exhibitions on the other hand if its good its good. It does not have to be unique new ideas all the time just something that is interesting and nice to look at.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
Its hard to imagine, there is always a change to make art. Its all around us. If I had no choice and all options in the world then I would like to run a little art gallery and find other peoples art.

What are your next projects?
I am planing an exhibition here in Reykjavik after few months with all new artworks.