Icelandic artist Gudrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir will open solo exhibitions around the world in the coming months, in Paris on January 24, in Milan in April, in New York in May and in Tokyo in June.
Gunnlaugsdóttir played an important role in the Reykjavík Christmas celebrations this year because she designed special ornaments used for decorating the Christmas tree on Austurvöllur square. They depict her interpretation of the Icelandic Yule Lad Door Slammer and about 100 copies of her artwork adorn the tree.
Author Andri Snaer Magnason wrote a poem inspired by Door Slammer to accompany Gunnlaugsdóttir’s artwork, which he read to the crowd which assembled on Austurvöllur on December 2 when the tree was lit.
Prominent Icelandic artists and authors design Christmas ornaments and write poems inspired by one of the Yule Lads for charity every year. This year the profits went towards the Training Facility of the Benefit Society of Children with Disabilities.
Last year, the artist Sigga Heimis designed a Christmas ornament inspired by Candle Beggar and Sjón wrote a poem which accompanied her artwork.
Photo courtesy of the Benefit Society of Children with Disabilities.