Brák Jónsdóttir


The yearning for immortality reflects an unyielding desire to transcend. Some species, each with their unique qualities, have served as emblems of eternity in our journey to grasp the elusive concept of everlasting existence. One such species is the  hydrozoan Turritopsis dohrnii, known for its ability to reverse its life cycle. It has been dubbed the immortal jellyfish. The sculptural work by Brák Jónsdóttir takes the form of perplexing machinery and mutated figures to expand on the imaginations of our time. The work is accompanied by a performance.

Brák Jónsdóttir (b. 1996) is an Icelandic visual artist, who lives and works in Hörgársveit, northern Iceland. Her work explores  themes from prehistory to imagined futures, narrating fictional events that breathe life into extinct creatures and otherworldly beings. Bridging gaps of knowledge with imagined mythologies, she creates totemic installations rooted in sculpture, delving into the tension between the artificial and the natural. Brák’s works evoke tenderness, humour and diverse worlds, where sensuous hypotheses emerge from factual extrapolations.

Crafting enigmatic narratives through bizarre ecosystems, she ignites existential questions, inviting audiences to ponder the mysteries of life’s ways.

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