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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Jarðeldur

Year
1960
Height
66 cm
Width
cm
Category
Skúlptúr
Sub-category
Málmskúlptúr

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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