Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (b. 1982) studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her work is a game of layers, both in her smaller collages and her bigger wall-pieces, as everywhere in her imagery one will find a mixture of old national emblems, waterfalls, mountains, and animals. Nowhere does Ingibjörg leave an empty space, evoking a Baroque-era fear of emptiness. Her symbols can be interpreted in various ways in a broad art historical context; all reveal evident sources of inspiration, especially Surrealism. As she samples and mixes from various fields, Ingibjörg’s ornateness nevertheless strips these symbols of meaning, leaving only a play of forms and giving her art a playful dimension.
She has done album covers and music videos for artists such as Sigur Rós, Sóley, Jónsi, Múm, Seabear, Sin Fang and more. Birgisdottir has made all the animations in Grandma Lo-fi, which is her first feature film.
Amma Lo-fi (Orig.) / 2012 / Iceland / 62 min
At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. Seven years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussion and a Casio keyboard...