Eva Barkardóttir is an Icelandic visual artist whose practice tries to address the state we are in as humans, the dire situation of the natural world because of human greed and our increasingly synthetic ways.
There is an enquiry into a fictitious future world where everything seems (mostly) normal at first glance but something eerie or sinister is lurking just out of sight. She aims to explore the relationship of performance to the natural world, through the futile process of seeking to possess and control, but mostly failing. Often challenging conventions associated with “ritual”, “witchcraft”, “spiritual capitalism”, and our relationship to the materials around us.
The works often suggest an element of filmic performance, acting as fragmented snapshots of moments in time, where the construct of a narrative is left to the audience. Actions become symbolic, and the real world becomes a performance. Eva is interested in exploring made up spaces and scenarios through the lens of absurdity and feminism. It becomes easier to dissect our current political and environmental standings through a universe that's not quite ours, but feels very similar. This often gives the work a strange and dystopian feel, but humour is never far away, no matter how dark it may be.
SEPTEMBER 2019 - 2020
MA FINE ART, CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ARTS
2018 - 2019
FINE ART GRADUATE DIPLOMA, CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ARTS
2013 - 2015
MA ART EDUCATION, ICELAND ACADEMY OF THE ARTS