Created especially for the Manchester Art Fair November 2023, this handmade 3D original installation takes the viewer on a geometric journey from land to sea, following the paths of 21 incredible female explorers.
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE INSTALLATION
Following the earth's natural waves and rhythms through shifting continents, this artwork is a tribute to the female explorers who documented the botanical world before the advent of photography. At a time when men did most of the travelling and exploration, these women defied the norms and expectations of their age and pursued their passion for nature and adventure.A few years ago, Kristjana researched two of these remarkable women, Isabella Bird and Marianne North, who faced immense challenges and dangers in exploring and illustrating the flora of different continents. As a woman who grew up in Iceland, a country with a strong tradition of gender equality and female leadership, Kristjana wanted to honour these women and their legacy.
THE FEMALE EXPLORERS
Made up of 29 individually created three-dimensional hexagon artworks, weave your own personal tale through this immersive artwork.
THE TREE OF EXPLORATION
Complementing this installation Kristjana also created 'The Tree of Exploration'. This tree symbolises the spirit of exploration, adventure and discovery that has motivated many women throughout history, and reminds us of the beauty and diversity of the world and the need to protect and preserve it for the future. Within its boughs, discover the badges of honour that celebrate some of the most visionary female adventurers who have left their indelible mark on the world.