Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic photographer residing in California. She graduated with an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and received her Bachelors in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Rome, Italy. Charlotta has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Her photographs are in numerous public and private collections including the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. Most recently, her series “Imprints” was included as part of the 2018 traveling photography exhibit THE FENCE.
The physical space of landscapes can be closely tied to individual identity, sense of being, and infused with personal history. In the body of work Imprints, the composite, textured landscapes are a re-creation of places and scenes from an estranged homeland. Sheets of cut photographic paper layer to conjure abstract landscapes – an imitation of landforms that have developed over time. The visible and obscured parts of each landscape suggest the interplay of effect between man and nature, as well as the imperfections of memory, with disparate textures emphasizing the mind’s inability to retain and wholly comprehend its environment. Discontinuity between the images prompts the viewer to draw on their own experiences to complete the work of art. By utilizing the textures of the human fingerprint, these large-scale compositions evoke a sense of uniqueness as it parallels our connection with nature. Ultimately, Imprints speaks to individual responsibility and the scale of human impressions upon the earth.
To view more of Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir’s work please visit her website.