I arrived inside my body as if landing on foreign land
filled with curiosity and hope.
I had been sleeping within my walls, hearing only echos
Instruments shaking behind the cracks.
My eyes had been obeying another tongue.
Its nerves continued turning and my eyes burned grey.
And when I closed them I saw color,
undefined yet quite specific.
I began investigating on my own
With my eyes closed entering a land devoid of light
Finally the world outside stopped echoing
and became colourful too.
Now I sail in my own waters, sometimes they are red, sometimes blue, sometimes no color at all.
Eirdís Ragnarsdóttir is an Icelandic & Chinese artist, born in 1993. Frequently moving between countries growing up, Eirdís became aware of the inconsistencies of ‘self’ early on. Her decade battles with eating disorders and depression prompted her to seek meaning beyond the physical. Eirdís studied traditional oil painting at Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, and through her studies at Gallatin New York University, she furthered her investigations of self through the lens of psychology and philosophy.
Eirdís’s creative process is inspired by her own journey of rediscovering “self” beyond the conflicting cultural identities she grew up with. Her paintings deconstruct the symbolism of self, melting the forground with the background. The eclectic color palette in her work mirrors her chameleonesque experience of self. Her art explores the contradiction between the Western fixation of “finding oneself” and the Eastern philosophy of “no self” as all things are constantly changing. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Beijing, Milano, Paris and Tokyo and she has collaborated with brands such as Arche and Burton.
Gucci, Group Exhibition, Shanghai, September 2022
Louvre Focus Art Fair, Solo Exhibition, Paris, September 2022
Art Beijing Art Fair, 1719 Post, Beijing, September 2022
HangZhou Art Fair, 1719 Post, Hang Zhou, September 2022
1719 Post-Studio, Solo Exhibition, Beijing, 2022
Plan X Gallery, NFT Group Exhibition, Milano 2022
Long Fu Si Winter Sports Exhibition, Beijing 2022
Hibon Art Gallery Shen Zhen Art Fair 2021
Payne Y.Loh Art Space Hang Zhou Art Fair 2021NGART QuanYeChang Exhibition May 2021
Expo Song Feng ExhibitionBaoDing May 2021
Gross Gallery Live Painting Tokyo July 2020
UltraSuperNewGallery Solo Exhibition Tokyo April-June 2020
Yuan Ming Yuan Gallery Beijing June 2019
Icelandic Embassy Solo Exhibition Beijing June 2019
Heron Arts San Francisco September - October 2018
MOCCA Arts Festival New York April 2018
Jerks Production Fused Philadelphia April 2018
Raw Arts festival Brooklyn December 2017
Raw Arts Festival New York October 2017
Gallatin Arts Festival New York April 2017
Nasty Woman Unite Fest Queens April 2017
GALLATIN NYU Course-List Cover New York June 2017
Gallatin Arts Festival New York April 2016
Arteasta Beijing July 2012
Art & Museum Magazine London Autumn 2020
Metropolis Japan Japan May 2020
Tokyo Weekender Tokyo May 2020
China Reports China July 2019
China News China August 2019
Slevin Magazine #5 Issue London March 2019
Que Será #2 Issue New York March 2019
Ónefna Magazine Reykjavík May 2017
NYU Confluance Journal New York April 2016
BURTON Snowboards 54 square meter mural in memory of Jake Burton, Nan Shan Ski Resort, China 2021-2024
Arche French Luxury Shoe Brand - Spring & Summer 2020 Collection 2021
Arche French Luxury Shoe Brand - Spring & Summer 2020 Collection 2020
Samantha Darryanto Runway Collaboration 2017