- 66 cm
Fire in the Earth, made in Reykjavík in 1960, is one the artist’s few works that has little or no objective reference to reality. The sculpture comprises two separate forms: a rectangle, and an irregular form with projecting metal rods. If we consider the work purely in terms of form, we may discern familiar antitheses: stasis and rigidity in the geometrical rectangle, smooth and continuous movement in the irregular form. But in fact the work is laden with symbolic meaning: by reference to the artist’s other work we may infer that the rectangle signifies a human being, while the irregular form represents lava or a volcanic eruption.
Fire in the Earth is indisputably one of Ásmundur’s most beautiful abstract works.
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