Rósa Gísladóttir (b.1957) studied art in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Iceland. Her sculptural works examine the laws of geometry and universal order, with many of their structures deriving from the world of classicism. Engaging in a critical discourse between the present and past, she projects modern-day materials and utilitarian objects into a new aesthetical context, through the tradition of still life imagery and anthropological perspective. Focused on the representational value of still life objects found within her immediate environment, her work can be seen as emblems of classical art traditions, as well as prototypes of unearthed fossils of the future, signifying the continuity of life and the struggles of consumerism.
Adhering to a carefully constructed systemization, her work is often created site-specifically, placed within geologically historical significance and continues to delve into current topics, such as sustainable development, social participation, and spirituality. They often combine materials such as jesmonite, plastic, plexiglass, plaster and aluminum, in juxtaposition with natural elements, such as water and light.
Her work has been exhibited widely in institutions such as Scandinavia House, New York, Saatchi Gallery, London, The United Nations, New York, The Reykjavík Art Museum and many more.