Gabriela Fridriksdottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1971. Working between video, sculpture, drawing, performance, painting and writing, she has created one of the most unique bodies of work in contemporary art. In Fridriksdottir’s world, it’s impossible to separate any one element from the others – the simplest sketch could be the starting point for a technically elaborate, beautifully shot film; a fragment of writing could be elaborated into a cycle of performances; and a story briefly hinted at in one piece could become an entire installation later on. Drawing on Norse mythology and Icelandic sagas, she blurs the lines between the occult and natural worlds to create dream-like environments for viewers to explore and find connections within. She creates fictional cosmologies rooted in her country’s isolating, melancholic landscape, where stories of creation come together with surrealism, horror films, and even heavy metal. Her work is intense and disturbing, but it’s also punctuated by moments of real warmth and humour.
Over the past decade, Fridriksdottir’s work has been shown all over the world. In 2005, she represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale, and she is a previous winner of Iceland’s Gudmunda Art Prize. She has also shown at Migros Museum, Zurich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery, Reykjavik; Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; and Kunsthaus Graz. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists, including Matthew Barney and Bjork. In 2011, she has a major solo exhibition 'Crepesculum' at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. She lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland