Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson
Based on a Photograph
New Woven Works
References to the macrocosms and microcosms of the natural world abound in the woven paintings of Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson. Painting on silk threads in a process related to ikat, her imagery is loosely based on landscape photographs of her native Iceland. The sources are often close-up images of lichen, but they also abstractly allude to larger swaths of land and sky. By painting with industrial dyes on the detached warp (vertical) threads of her works, attaching these dyed threads to a large-scale loom and weaving in the weft (horizontal) threads, she creates slightly off register, shimmering woven paintings that suggest expansive space rather than any literal sense of place.
Jonsson has received numerous grants, commissions and awards including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2015 Award, the Cleveland Art Prize in 2008, four fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and a public commission from the Hilton Hotel Convention Center, Cleveland in 2016. Her work is included in many collections such as The Cleveland Art Museum, Reykjavik Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, Progressive Insurance Collection and Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Solo shows include Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York; TANG Museum, Saratoga, New York; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; and MOCA Cleveland. She was also included in the 2015 group exhibition, Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1963 and still maintains a home there. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio for much of the year and makes annual visits to Iceland to gather more source material for her paintings. She received MFA and BFA degrees from Kent State University in 1995 and 1991 respectively. She earlier studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the architecture program of Kent State University.