I have just completed a month-long artist residency in the village of Laugarvatn, Iceland (about an hour east of Reykjavik) at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity. During this time I created ten watercolors, most of them with topographical overlays, in the style of my previous watercolors depicting imaginary islands.
Inspired by two weeks of travel around the country before the residency–especially Laki Crater Row, site of a 1793 eruption that was among the largest in recorded human history–this series explores my fascination with volcanic craters that evoke the power of natural forces but are at the same time self-contained, accessible and human-scaled. In particular, these works aim to accentuate the other-worldliness of these features. Created by forces from another (subterranean) world and often contrasting markedly with their surroundings in color or texture, they often appear like alien objects in the landscape. In their distinctness they come across as ominous but also isolated, subdued and vulnerable.