Here is an interview with Maja on Ode to the Sheep:

My exhibition “Ode to the Sheep” was on show at the Shetland Museum and Archives in Leirwick in October 2017. 



“Ode to the Sheep”  was open March and April 2017 at the Grafiksalur, at the Icelandic Printmakers Association, Tryggvagata 17, harbour side in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.


This exhibition focuses on the symbiotic relationship between wo-man and sheep. It is about the personal and existential experience with and the connectedness to the sheep, the circle of life, the give and take of sheep husbandry. It is also a manifest to the cultural importance of sheep in Iceland as the base for survival on this island.  

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All objects are hand made by me from the raw material of sheep from around me, using age old tools and crafts, as well as new ways of working with wool. 

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The process that is like a journey of reverence. I am transforming the raw fleece with my hands into something new, without loosing the inherent beauty and wildness of the proud Icelandic highland ewe, which mirrors so well the Icelandic soul (þjóðarsálin).

to photo album "Ode to the Sheep"

"Að bjarga heiminum - To save the world” 

group exhibition at the Verksmiðjuna á Hjalteyri, 

13.6. - 21.6.2015

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“Spin Helix Spin”:

Everything is connected.

Look at the helix, or spiral: from far away our galaxy looks like a spiral. The spiral can be found in many plants and animals, we have a spiral on the back of our heads, the rim of our ears is called helix. DNA, the building block of life, is in the form of a spiral.

 As I am spinning wool into yarn, making a spiral, I connect with the raw material, with my environment and I connect with 30.000 years of spinning history.

Grasping the yarn with my hands I am also grasping it with my mind. A deep level of understanding and connectedness is reached. I am but a small part in a big whole. This connection automatically leads to caring, it creates empathy for the surrounding, the planet, the universe.

 Living in big cities, in manmade surroundings, consuming processed goods, growing up indoors, in artificial landscape, in front of computers and TVs, we are no longer “in touch” with the natural environment. The connection is lost.

When this connection of the individual is lost, there is no understanding, no respect, and no empathy: nothing to stop the pillaging and destruction of nature.” (Text inspired by Renate Hiller).

Maja helix

RT 2010:

RT10 final

"don´t disturb the order of my chaos said her father við vorum bara að stoppa við áður en ferðin byrjaði fyrir alvöru “two chicks and a truck” und los geht´s h. hatte angst vor bären, die zahnpasta musste im baum aufgehängt werden bears like toothpaste! in the stargazer tent horfir maður beint upp í himininn í gegnum flugnanet en á íslenskum fjöllum horfir maður kannski í snjókomu... stikurnar fylgja manni um landið stundum eru líka vörður in a straight line nearby where trains of horses used to travel long ago wenn sich ein pferd den oberschenkel ausrenkt langt frá byggð muss es erschossen werden hinir halda áfram á meðan j. bíður then he takes out his gun and shoots the horse hræið liggur ekki lengi það eru hrafnar og kannski tófan sem koma og hreinsa til eftir slysið... man fährt die ringstraße und hält an den tankstellen how about a touring guide of service stations of iceland? not michelin-stars en stikur fyrir gæði á frönskum kartöflum blönduós 3 stikur das ist die unterbrechung im rhythmus des autos auf der straße und manchmal kommt ein gitter brrrrmmm then you wake up again and he complains that youhave missed the beauty of mývatn again ætlar þú ekki að sýna mérþað nei þú sefur alltaf þegar við keyrum þar í gegn mývatn 0 stikur aber es muss ganz schön sein da"

Text was part of RT2010 installation.

Exhibition AK remix,  at the Icelandic Printmakers Association, Reykjavík, June 2010
AK remix

Whimsical Impetus / Kenjóttar Hvatir: exhibition catalogue published by the Akureyri Art Museum 2009, view catalogue online here.