Ruth Barker

Wrong House



Commentary on solo project by Sigga Bjorg Sirgurdardottir, commissioned by Washington Garcia Gallery, Glasgow


In Wrong House for Washington Garcia, Sigga Bjorg Sigurdardottir presents a new body of work that occupies the tenement space with a compelling visual hysteria. Room One features a video - Wrong House: Slurpofobia - while Room Two recontextualises the film’s key ‘door’ image alongside a series of new works on paper.


Sigurdardottir’s creatures have an economy of colour and line that suggests the influence of rigorous training and execution. The bestial forms are leant vigour and weight by their incisively suggestive accuracy. The clarity of Sigurdardottir’s images contrasts sharply with the enigmatic nature of her creature’s interactions as they devour, assimilate or annihilate one another in sometimes sexual, sometimes cannibal meetings.


The power of Sigurdardottir’s work stems from its ability to inhabit as well as represent these states of emotional truth that may be hilarious as well as disturbing in their recognition. The melancholic desperation in the eyeless grey onanist we find crying as he consumes unseen things has resonance because we feel, even if we cannot articulate, an honesty in the representation.


Like this grey eating-weeper, few of Sigurdardottir’s creatures have eyes. Their blindness allows them a capacity for allegory as the window to any internal world is veiled and we uncertainly interpolate their actions.