My own romantic view of Iceland comes in and out of focus as I analyze a personal fascination with this country through other’s experiences. There are those who initially settled the island looking for certain freedoms; inhabitants who then moved on for something else; and those who returned again and again, as visitors, as if they were trying to remember a dream. I am interested in the monomythic qualities of these journeys as a structure that qualifies them as being fundamentally the same.
Paradise Reclaimed uses the value of material to tell a story on a path through time and space. Independent elements employ visual and physical cues that unify the installation into an ever-unfolding constellation of connections between Iceland and America, the sacred and the profane, the ordinary world and the holy land.