Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts”
― Jim Morrison
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
― Claude Monet
What does hair mean to you?
Hair is something that grows from you body and formed by cells then it is pushed out and we have hair stuck to our heads. Hair in a way is both life and dead at the same time when it grows inside the hair bulb and the dead cell. Hair is most of the time connected to persons identity or self.
Hair is also a product of cultural construction of multiple meanings.like a religious reference or different religion have different understanding of how hair should be grown or not. Hair is believed in some religions as to be the 'roop' given to humans by God. Hair symbolizes a collection of human virtues in the spiritual sense. Hence, in many cultures there is a cult of keeping a strand of hair. In the Victorian era hair was used by people wanting to keep a memory to a loved one before the invention of photography. On average, hair grows on our heads 0.44 millimeters per day, or more than 13 mm per month and is in that way that we can sense time and a hair could be a timeline.
Growing hair is in that way like growing a plant but the plant is alive but the hair is not. People often like to have flowers and plants in their surroundings maybe for the beauty of it or aesthetics or it might be the knowledge having something alive around and something that needs care.
This hair disconnected from the my head how do people feel about? Why is it so important to me this long hair? Let´s talk about it.
Ólöf Dómhildur b. 1981
In her work, Ólöf Dómhildur uses various elements to engage the status of men and women. Ólöf´s work often connect to private spaces and private things. Ólöf Dómhildur often assembles media like sound and photography.
Ólöf Dómhildur (b. 1981) lives and works in Ísafjörður and she was chosen artist of the year in Ísafjörður 2015. She has participated in group exhibitions here in Iceland and overseas. Ólöf has been involved in numerous projects since 2006 after she graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts. Some of the selected projects are the Fangavaktin an Icelandic tv series by Saga Film Special portrett made for the tv series Fangavaktin,collaborated with Gunnar Helgi Guðjónsson and Kristjana Rós Gudjohnsen. Messa Teaser 2011 visual documentation, first artfair in Iceland. http://www.messa.is. In 2011 and 2013, she has also exhibited her work at Frederiksborg castle in Denmark. Video she made in collaboration with Kristjana Rós Guðjóhnsen and Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson where featured at Nordisk Panorama opening at Reykjavík art museum in 2005.
She works as an art teacher in the elementary school in Ísafjörður and for two years she managed Edinborg Cultural Center in Ísafjörður.
Artist CURRICULUM VITAE
Ólöf Dómhildur Jóhannsdóttir
b. 1981, Iceland
Menntun : Education
2010 – On going studies. M.A. Practical culture communication, University of Iceland.
2008 –Photography, Technical College Reykjavík.
2003-2006 –B.A. in visual art, Icelandic Academy of the arts.
Valdar sýningar 2015 – 2004 : Selected exhibitions 2015 – 2004
2015 „Portrait Nu”, Frederiksborg Slot,Danmark.
2014 „Íslensk samtíðarportrett”, Listasafnið á Akureyri - Sjónlistamiðstöð
2013 „Portrait Nu”, Frederiksborg Slot,Danmark.
2012 „Nælonsokkar og Horn”, Artíma galleri, Reykjavík.
2012 „Fólk í mynd”, Norrænahúsið, Reykjavík.
2011 „Portrait Nu”, Frederiksborg Slot,Danmark.
2010 „Flushed”, Norrænahúsið, Reykjavík
2009 „Lífsmörk”, LUNGA, Seyðisfjörður.
2007 „Femme”, Listasalur Mosfellsbæjar, Mosfellsbær.
2006 „Fyrsti Hluti”, Kirkjuhvoll, Akranes.
2005 „Snæviþakið Svín”, Gallerí Gyllinhæð, Reykjavík.
2004 Nordisk panorama video piece, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík.
Sérverkefni : Special projects
LÚR festival 2014 and 2015- Youth art festival in Ísafjörður
Ógöngur 2012– Broadcast on Iceland national radiostation.
Messa Teaser 2011 visual documentation, first artfair in Iceland. www.messa.is.
Skáli 2011– Broadcast on Iceland national radiostation.
Trékarlar exhibition 2010 – Curator of Gudmundur Sigurdsson exhibition in natural
history museum and swimmingpool in Kópavogur.
Lifrófs Íslenskra kvenna 2010 – Project raising money by making art and selling art
for victims of gender-based violence, Project Manager.
Fangavaktin – Saga Film Paintings for an icelandic tv series called Fangavaktin.
Fangavaktin – Saga Film Special portrett made for the tv series Fangavaktin,
collaborated with Gunnar Helgi Guðjónsson and Kristjana Rós Oddsdóttir
Nordisk Panorama– Performance at the Nordisk Panoraman Film festival. Projection
in public spaces and the streets of Reykjavik. Project collaborated with Kristjana Rós
Oddsdóttir Gudjohnsen and Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson.Other projects like
the planning and overlooking the video art at the Reykjavik art museum.
2012, Skelin residency, Hólmavík.
2015 Gjutars, Vantaa Finnland
Artist of the year in Ísafjörður 2015