• Johanna-K-Yngvad

Fateful Moment

Jóhanna Kristín Yngvadóttir 1987

Fateful Moment prompts the viewer look away and immediately look again because this kind of image has a certain pull on the viewer's curiosity who simultaneously explores his own feelings. The demonic creature frightens the girl who screams much like the girl on the bridge in The Scream by Edvard Munch. The same can be said for the person on the right side who seems to be losing her feet. A white skull, the symbol of death, creates a contrast to the dark colours of the work. The paint is drawn on the canvas in powerful strokes that create movement akin to that of a storm that the beings get sucked into. The dark colours have a mystical effect in the green and yellow light.

Jóhanna Kristín usually used subjects from her own experience and memories and even used her family album as an inspiration. To her art was dead serious. The artist died young but was prolific in the almost two decades she worked on her art and her pieces can be found in all of Iceland's larger museums. Jóhanna Kristín graduated from the graphics division of the College of Arts and Crafts in 1976 and went to the Netherlands for further education for the next four years. She arrived in Iceland a fully formed artist in 1983 with her first solo-exhibition in the Living Art Museum. Her works received rave reviews and she was considered a worthy agent of neo-expressionism, a movement that came from Germany and Italy in the late 60s, as well as an artist who expressed her feelings in a powerful way.


LÍ 5602

The National Gallery of Iceland