Naglasúpa, Hidden Saga
Materials: Photograph, acrylic, ink, pen
Naglasúpa means nail soup in Icelandic and describes something as being the sum of its parts. Naglasúpa, Hidden Saga is the sum of its three component parts: an audience activated performance event undertaken from a temporary kitchen installation, edible plant sculpture/installation, and series of wall-mounted mixed media works. A response to three months community engagement in the fishing village of Skagaströnd in Northern Iceland during Winter 2013 and one month in Summer 2012. This half day event took place in the former schoolhouse basement used as library storage and faceing onto the harbour of fishing boats – the community industry. For this work I explored cliches of both historical and modern Icelandic food habits, pointing to the global fish industry, local economy, and life in a small community.
This series of mixed media wall mounted work developed from day to day interaction with people living in Skagaströnd. Each photgraphed object and accompanyed text represents a story translated from an individual, that relates in some way to their kitchen or a food related ritual symbolic to their heritage, eating habits or daily comfort.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it’s art funding and advisory body.
This project has been assisted by Menningarráð through Nes Artist Residency program.