The subjects of Katrín’s works come from a wide variety of sources. However, her paintings do tend towards the figurative and she has a habit of touching on the great social issues of her time; climate change, refugees and wealth inequality, to name a few.
News that the painting Salvator Mundi (“the Savior of the World”) by Leonardo da Vinci had been sold at the end of last year for $450 million ignited a series of paintings with references to da Vinci’s original work. In it Katrín explores, both comically and seriously, the idea of the messiah in our very much troubled times. We’ve trapped ourselves on this Earth; we selfishly take from its resources without concern for those who will inherit it after we are long since passed. The Earth is just a tiny grain of sand in the vastness of the Universe, but it’s still our only refuge. Who saves us today? Do we need salvation?
An endless source of inspiration for Katrín are her three sons, who all appear in the aforementioned series. But she’s also concerned about other children and youth in general, for example in the paintings where she captures the eyes of children from the human and virtual world. It’s often young eyes which have seen things no child should have seen and Katrín puts it into a different context.