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Björk Haraldsdóttir: Korríró I

Björk Haraldsdóttir: Korríró I
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White Stoneware and Black Slip
48 cm (H) x 46 cm (W) x 23 cm (D)


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‘Korríró I and II’ are named after one of the folklore artefacts of Iceland. It tells the story of a young girl who is looking after a farmstead at night. When the terrifying night troll visits, the girl and the troll set about saying a rhyme back and forwards and Korriró is what the girl calls to the troll. The troll becomes transfixed and carries on rhyming with the girl until sunrise. The troll turns to rock since it can’t be exposed to the sun. These troll and human looking rocks are seen around the country and often in farmsteads.

Originally from Iceland, Björk Haraldsdóttir’s ceramic vessels explore the conversation between the pseudo perfection of geometric pattern and the tactile impurity of hand modelled clay. In each vessel she deliberately creates warped planes through careful pattern cutting and jointing of would-be flat slabs of clay so that her vessels become slightly off-kilter, beguiling the viewer The strong geometric patterning and both natural and architectural forms that make Bjork’s work instantly recognisable is heavily influenced by her past. The artist studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art (where she collected the Glasgow Silver Medal for Architecture) and worked in the industry for over 20 years for a number of renowned architects including Richard Rogers before exploring her passion for ceramic forms. She works with the clay as she trained, pieces are planned and drawn before they are made and made as they are conceived – glass and steel have long since been replaced by clay.

Read our interview with Björk Haraldsdóttir here

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