This week’s ArtDrop artist is a rising talent. Her name is Eirdís Ragnarsdóttir. She's slated for exhibition both in the Louvre and Milan in 2022, she recently made her NFT debut on SuperRare. A multidisciplinary creative, Eirdís has lent her talents to brands such as Burton, Arche and C-heads magazine. An avid poet and philosophy major, Eirdís predominantly partakes in surrealist expressionism via the oil medium. Her Genesis pieces on Nifty Gateway sold for 10K and 5K USD respectively.
Although new in NFTs, Eirdís, who grew up in various countries, has been an artist for more than a decade. Her work has been displayed worldwide.
We chatted with her to get to know her a little better.
Hi Eirdís! When did you start your creative endeavours?
I started having a fascination with drawing probably before I could speak. I've always been obsessed with figuring out how to replicate what I saw into simple lines. But my consistent obsession with the medium is mostly due to how it's acted as an emotional anchor for the flux I experienced from moving around so much growing up.
So you’ve been drawing for quite some time. When did you get to your current style?
It has sort of always been there. I feel we are constantly evolving and if you express what comes naturally to you in every moment, your style inevitably becomes more evident with time. Seeing that evolution is a beautiful thing. I don't really search for consistency in style, it just comes naturally when I relax and flow. I just try to make sure that I'm having fun when I'm creating.
What about your artistic skills?
I had some technical training in pencil shading or whatever that's called when I was 11 for two months. I studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, but the teachers never told me "how" to paint so I don't know if that counts as technical training. And I apprenticed with master painter Tong Hong Sheng in 2019, but he never told me how to paint either. He would simply state painting metaphors from time to time. Most of my "training" was done on my own... When I decided to transition from part-time to full time, I isolated myself for a year to paint daily 10-12 hours to get to a point of comfort with the oil medium that I was satisfied with.
"Behind the Clouds" 🌈 😶🌫️— Eirdís (@EirdisR) February 3, 2022
Little shneak into the process behind "In the Clouds" on @niftygateway ✨@planxartgallery 🪐
BB found here --> https://t.co/0NOZWipYIT
Also on physical exhibition @planxartgallery in Milano!#NFTdrop #NFTs pic.twitter.com/jvu21r5fd7
What has been the most challenging part of your art career?
That’s a difficult question, I could write an essay to answer this! But I suppose it was to become brave enough to believe in the "impossible" and not be affected by other people's opinions; to believe I could make my dreams a reality when everyone around me thought I was crazy. I had frequent doubts and lots of insecurities starting off...
It's psychologically challenging when you don't have examples around you for guidance and have to find your own way. It’s truly been a step by step process for me, figuring things out as I go and staying mentally strong throughout...
How did you get into NFTs?
I'd been hearing about it for quite some time and many of my friends were encouraging me to try it out. I'm always interested in trying new approaches to expression so it just made sense as the next step.
Can you tell us something about the Redlion Gazette ArtDrop?
I started inception by placing random lines on the canvas. After that, it would just be a back and forth dialogue, where each stroke guides me to the next. It's all about the process of discovering what's hidden underneath, or maybe was there all along but not consciously planned. The painting process for me is an active discovery, and the painting itself is an invitation to understanding.
Learn more about NFT artist Eirdís:
Eirdís website has all you're looking for. You can click right here: https://eirdis.com/