Katrin Sigurdardóttir (b. 1967, Icelandic)
represented Iceland in the 2013 Venice Biennale with a work, Foundation
(2013), made for both viewers’ eyes and feet. She constructed a floor elevated on wooden supports, which wove in and out of the old laundry where it was situated. Viewers could walk across the handmade, ornamental tiles.
Shirking art world norms, Sigurdardóttir created a work at the intersection of construction, design, and architecture. Uneven around the edges, the piece didn’t precisely fit its space. Instead, it appeared like a jagged ruin that had been transported somewhere it didn’t quite belong. Indeed, Sigurdardóttir has built her career on sculptures that remind us of familiar structures—a home, an interior room—that are uncanny, disproportionate, and pleasantly unsettling.