The Minimalist Art Space
Telma is 26-years old and graduated from the Reykjavik academy of art in 2007. After university, she spent 15 months in London, soaking in the scenery and art it had to offer, leaving her icelandic past behind. This is where the idea for her work “Wald vor lauter Bäumen” (forest full of trees) was born. She saw herself as part of the art installation, making the art and at the same time becoming part of the art. She lives within her art, being both creator and participant. “Wald vor lauter Bäumen” is a mostly colorless room. With that she wants to enhance the audiences’ sensitivity shall to the abscence of color. It’s also an outcry against the “rape” of the overuse of color in design and lifestyle obsessions. Telma only leaves her room wearing selfmade black and white glasses in order to stay connected to her art. This binds her to her art. The only colors visible in her room are the elementary colors, red, yellow and blue, functioning as the contrast that enhance the effect of her installation. Ironically, “Wald vor lauter Bäumen” won the design award for ‘alternative living environments’ in 2010. Her reaction was brief: ”I can’t imagine anything worse then being praised by a designer”.