Fish on dry land
To tackle migration and unemployment in villages, Marta wanted to make a production in a village to show them and everybody else that a production is not just a city thing and that there are actually benefits from producing in a village. It was fitting for her to work with a fishing village called Ísafjörður in Iceland because of her personal connection to the area. She researched what companies and people were there that she could possibly work with and ended up with a metal workshop, a net-knitting factory and an artist.
Marta became intrigued by the boats and fishing gear witch she felt were the essence of the town. Taking them out of their marine context and abstracting them, she gradually transformed them into furniture.
Each has their own inspiration and "boat names" . The table Rán is named after a goddess in the sea who would catch you in her net if you would fall from board. The table is inspired by net-fishing but this time you can catch magazines and remote-controls. The coat stand is inspirited by line-fishing and has the name Gestur witch derives from the Icelandic word a guest. The lamp is inspired by floats - the top part is actually from a float hanging by a rope from a hook which can be placed in the ceiling or on the wall. It's called Eldar which is a name derived from the Icelandic word fire. And lastly we have the balance stool Kópur which means a baby-seal in Icelandic and was also the name of Marta's grandfather boats. In the stool you can see the bottom of the same float as was used in the lamp. There is a metal construction going into the float and concrete poured into it to hold the whole stool together, giving it it's weight so it doesn't fall over. Kópur was inspired by boats and the harbour.
The four furniture pieces will travel through Ísafjörður via each company ending up at the harbour where a transport company ships them to Reykjavík, and then on to anywhere else in the world.
She sees this as an ongoing project. She wants to go to other villages and do a project with their stories, knowledge and people. She wants to start the revolution of the villages.
Marta received the CONNEC(R)ING award for this project 2015.
"I made abstract models that represented the feeling of the colors, shapes and textures of fishing for me then they slowly transformed into furnitures."