Emily Floyd: Icelandic Puffins

Emily Floyd: Icelandic Puffins

Emily Floyd, Icelandic Puffins, 2017. Wood automotive paint black oxidised steel. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

An exhibition of new works by MADA Senior Lecturer Emily Floyd. The exhibition marks Floyd’s tenth solo show with the gallery.

With Icelandic Puffins Floyd creates a landscape populated by hand-carved bird sculptures, each unique, and crafted in the artist’s distinct sculptural vernacular. Icelandic text is paired alongside each of the puffins, listing corporate protagonists prosecuted by the State of Iceland following the collapse of all three of the country’s major banks: Glitnir, Landsbanki and Kaupthing. Icelandic Puffins creates a dialogue between the seductive power of design, here in typical Scandinavian style, with the dark veneer of global financial and political crisis.