Margrét H. Blöndal
These crags I knew of yore,
when I was but a youth;
amongst them I had many a door,
wondrous cupboards are there. 1)
Pinch me when I space out
When I don’t know where I’m stepping
or about to fall into slippiness.
I can’t figure out floor plans.
Yes, I wanted to run into the bright summer night wanted to sing in a backyard with friends
pulled by still another force.
Square metres are alien to me.
Sometimes presence muddles and the words are lost
- sometimes absence sharpens and the words find their way.
Lion's tooth, lion's tooth when were you a dandelion?
Um… wait – what do you mean – just now – yesterday?
In tight bushes
and tall grass
the eye traces a path,
while the foot none.2)
1) From Jón Árnason’s collected Icelandic folklore.
2) Traditional Icelandic verse.
Margrét H. Blöndal (b. 1970) lives and works in Reykjavík. She completed her MFA at Rutgers University. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (US) and Reykjavík Art Museum (IS). Her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions, including: the 6th Momentum, Moss, (NO);Manifesta 7, Trentino (IT) and Kunstverein Baselland (CH). In 2009, she was the artist-in-residence at the Laurenz Haus Stiftung, Basel (CH). Margrét has taught studens from kindergarten to University level. Margrét is represented by i8 galleri Reykjavík.