For over fifteen years, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson (b. 1963) has merged painting and weaving, creating paintings on hand-dyed, woven silk thread. Jónsson’s paintings begin from images of the singular landscape of her native Iceland; addressing numerous Icelandic landmarks, she has created series devoted to Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier, and Hekla, a stratovolcano that is one of the country’s most active. Opener 25 features a selection of Jónsson’s artwork from the past five years, including large-scale woven paintings made on a ten-foot-wide loom, as well as several newly created pieces.
Born in Reykjavík, Jónsson has lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for thirty years. From 1983 through 1985, Jónsson studied architecture at Kent State University before switching her focus to studio art and studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Later, she returned to Kent State, where she received her BFA in 1991 and MFA in 1995.