Wooly Mud Pot

Eszter is a winner of the 2010 Flash Forward Competition!

  •   $100
    | 11"x14"
      Edition of 150
  •   $250
    | 16"x20"
      Edition of 50
  •   $500
    | 20"x24"
      Edition of 25
  •   $1,000
    | 30"x40"
      Edition of 5

The prints you receive are archival, chromogenic prints on a semi-matte paper with a longevity of 100+ years under normal light conditions.

The quoted dimensions refer to the paper size, and not the size of image contained within the paper. Each image is printed with a minimum 1/4" border to allow for framing, and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

Eszter Burghardt
Wooly Mud Pot, 2010
from the series Wooly Sagas

I’ve traveled to Iceland twice now, for several months each time. The image Wooly Mud Pot is based on this highly geothermal active little island. The earth is alive and it moves and shifts in front of one’s eyes. On several hikes I came across many mud pots and fumaroles and other volcanic treats. I am obsessed with all of the steaming, burping, boiling, and exploding landscapes of Iceland, along with the sheep that seem to be inside every crater, and lurking amongst the lava fields. The image is a photograph of a miniature diorama made entirely out of wool and water. After my travels to Iceland I became very anxious to use wool somehow to re-construct the landscape. I learned how to work with raw wool. I cleaned it, dyed it, felted it and learned how to knit. This messy but very rewarding process strengthened my bond to the wool and I became more aware of its nature. I used Kool-Aid to dye the wool. I used Icelandic wool brought back from Iceland, some local wool from an Icelandic sheep farm, and old salvaged wool sweaters that I cut up, felted and dyed. I kept the photography very basic without using any computer based added effects, and I used a macro lens to shoot the images in as much natural light as possible. By using the wool I was able to re-live the Icelandic landscape through my fingertips and camera lens.


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