For the past 25 years, the work of artist Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the distinctive geography, geology, climate, and culture of Iceland. Since her first encounter with the island as a young arts graduate, she has returned to Iceland for extended periods of time every year. Iceland has been both a muse and a medium, as well as a second home, to this most thoughtful and searching of artists.
For some time, Roni Horn has cherished an ambition to realise a long-term project in Iceland, which could incorporate many of her abiding artistic concerns - with water and weather, identity and enlightenment.
"For Artangel, since our sphere of activity had hitherto been projects for speciﬁc sites or situations in London or occasionally elsewhere in Britain; and for Roni since she had kept the art world at bay from her island, carefully guarding the delicate ecology of her intimate relationship to the place. For three decades now, Iceland has been for her "an open-air studio of unlimited scale and newness", a place where she could lose herself and ﬁnd herself and which she would share, through her work, with others at another time and in another place. Gradually the idea of a project in Iceland developed its own sense of urgency."