An exhibit of the artwork of Liv Valmestad will take place at the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Gallery in the Iceland Reading Room of the the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba from October 30-December 17, 2019.
Liv Valmestad is a Norwegian-Canadian artist who lives in Winnipeg. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, graduate degrees from Queen’s and Western Universities and a post graduate diploma in art from Ringebu College, Norway. Her strong connection to place and northern environments instigates her continued study of landscapes that explore themes of diaspora, memory and renewal.
The exhibition Iceland: Up Close, is a result of the NES Artist Residency she took in April 2019 in Skagaströnd, Iceland, where she met artists from centres including Berlin, Buenos Aeries, New York City, and Brussels. Here she worked with her immediate surroundings, exploring everything from the rocks, basalt rock formations, the heaths, the mountains and the ocean views. It is the specific rawness and boldness so dominant in the Icelandic landscape that Valmestad is interested in, as well as engaging with the sublime and primordial properties of the landscape.
Her education at art school in abstract formalism has fostered her continued interest in “ambiguous space” whereby exploring the tension between the illusionistic and the flat and fascination with spatial edges and boundaries between and around things.
Valmestad has exhibited in several provinces across Canada and has work in public collections including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, the Millennium Library, the Buhler Collection, the Province of Manitoba Art Bank and the Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice.