Svava Thordis Juliusson is a Hamilton, Ontario based artist born in Siglufjordur, Iceland in 1966. She began undergraduate studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University in 1997. Juliusson completed her MFA in studio at York University in 2007. Juliusson’s work can be found in the collections of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Art Bank as well as in a number of private collections.
Juliusson is the recipient of several grants, namely: 2013 Canada Council for the Arts – Project Grant; 2012 Ontario Arts Council – Visual Artists Mid Career; 2010 Toronto Arts Council – Visual Artists Mid-Career; 2006 SSHRC – Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters.
The trajectory of my art practice has, more often than not, included investigations that respond to current events, my immediate environment and personal experiences. And while my most recent explorations have been executed with a more intuitive approach to material, my personal landscape and narrative continue to emerge within the work.
I work primarily with materials that are composed of plastic, various sizes and colours of cable ties, clothing tags, fencing and found plastic. The projects executed with these materials emerge through attempts to, either gently interfere or augment natural environments and the urban landscape, or via installations within domestic spaces, i.e., a traditional gallery space, empty warehouses, or storefronts.