Framing a new look at womanhood

Updated: Jun 8, 2023 By Xu Haoyu China Daily Print
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A piece of Eirdis Ragnarsdottir's series artwork Lost and Found, in which she visualizes her meditation practices. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Eirdis Ragnarsdottir, a Chinese-Icelandic artist who grew up in a culturally diverse background, has been grappling with issues of identity from an early age. Through her artistic creations, she has embarked on a journey of self-discovery and the reconstruction of her own ontological symbols.

Her artwork, Lost and Found, is a series of paintings in which the artist visualizes her meditation practices. Guided by subconscious intuition, Ragnarsdottir deconstructs her dialectical understanding of self and the universe into symbolic representations. Incomplete body images, such as eyes, mouths and limbs, as well as fragmented depictions of natural elements like clouds, skies and flowers, are reconstructed within her compositions.

"As a mixed-blood individual, I am inherently different from those around me, and people always perceive me as different based on my appearance. This holds true both in Iceland and in China. I seem to belong to them, yet I also feel that I don't fully belong," Ragnarsdottir claims.

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