Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir
Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir (b. 1987) grew up in Þórshöfn in Langanes peninsula. She graduated with BA in Modern Studies from the University of Akureyri in 2012. In 2016 she graduated from the Fine Art department in the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Hildur works with different mediums like painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and photographs. In her works she focuses on emotions and existential, internal conflicts. She also ponders on how the external world shapes individuals and influences their experiences. Her self-portraits oscillate between introspection and self-criticism, typically in a melancholic yet sometimes humorous way. The manner in which she paints herself is both harsh and vulnerable, but also honest.
By putting herself in the foreground of the works, Hildur Ása, provokes and suppresses the male gaze that tries to mold and regulate the female body. She uses her body in a way that makes the viewer uncomfortable, puts it in a grotesque context and by doing so, regains the authority over herself and the depiction of the female body.
She currently lives and works in Reykjavík. Hildur is part of Hosek Contemporary Artist in Residency programme between 1st April and 12th June 2019.