I made this piece in honour of the Icelandic Goat Race that is an endangered species, to remind the watcher of the worst possible that could happen: extinct. I think it would be terrible if the Icelandic farming societies can't take the responsibility for the goats.
They keep talking about the horse that is so sacred as it has not been mixed with other races since the 9th century, they talk about the sheep ( slightly mixed with other breeds), the hens and dogs that are for sure mixed with other breeds, the cows that are a lovely breed since the 9th century.
They are interested in importing foreign new breeds: angora rabbits, mink, hens, etc. but the thought of taking care of what is here already, the goats seems to be beyond their thinking.
They are Búnaðarsamband Íslands or Farmers association of Iceland
The second exhibition I took part in this year is over now. I dismounted my piece of art in the rain today, it was also mounted in the rain in May this year. Been a rainy summer in Iceland and the Warp of Fate is bleak, sad and not looking well as is the future for us here on this island Iceland, because that is what the Warp of Fate tells us.
The witches, fortune tellers and other mystical figures of the past, were they not just artists, conceptual and political artists as we call some of them today?
I took part in the agricultural fair in Skagafjörður, N-Iceland last Saturday. I represented the goats of Iceland that are an endangered species, very much so. Only about 850 left. You can see more about these precious goats on my goat site.
I hastily made a poster to stress the fact, and if you care to you can print it out and hang it up where the public can lay eyes on it. One in English and the other one in Icelandic. Feel free to use it.
It is also a whole lot of thinking, pondering etc. I have a kind of clear idea of what I want to make. Then I have to dig into the material that I have got a and start looking at it and organize, un-organize and cut more rags.
The balls of rags are a beau too.
As for this week I will not be pondering in the loom but rather tell people about the wonders of the Icelandic Goat race on a farmers fair in northern Iceland. The goat race in an endangered species and only counts 850 animals and there is a lot of inbreed as you might understand.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art from Winchester School of Art.