Hulda Stefánsdóttir (b. 1972) studied in Iceland and New York. Since the turn of the century she has shown her work in addition to teaching and holding a professorship at the Iceland University of the Arts from 2008 – 2016.
Her paintings derive from an intuitive and continuous process. To her the medium of painting is like a container, brim with possibilities and constantly renewing itself: “I have long been fascinated by the overlaying of sensory worlds which takes place through physical experiences and memories. The way each and every experience flickers between the spheres of reality and imagination, consciousness and subconsciousness, creating symmetries which lap over different time periods. How the place of colour becomes dislodged when the moment here and now meets memories of what was, or even the feeling of what might be. How materials, form and colours are dynamic in the shifts of the mind. I think about the movement within abstract picture surface, the movement in stillness and the movement of different shades of colours. How colour is never just one thing, but many things at once, in the mind of each and every person. “
Stefánsdóttir´s paintings can be sparse and deceptively simple, so that the texture of the surface becomes not only a background but a prominent feature. When we look closely a surprising depth and a wealth of detail are revealed, like low-pitched voices that we only hear when all else is silent. Her exhibitions, too, break with painterly tradition. Instead of presenting individual panels, she creates arrangements where paintings of different hues, sizes, and dimensions combine in a delicate but effective whole. As a result, her paintings are a continuous conversation between individual pieces, belonging to the same body of work, and at the same time a flashback to previous works, something she describes as steady shifts where one thing leads to another.