Ólöf Nordal 
Gold IV 2002.  Photo. 110 x 110 cm

Halldóra Thoroddsen

Lost and Found

What is the significance of a sheep’s horn?  What is its purpose and context once it has been removed from the head that defined it? What is the sense behind the strange little pieces of plastic that parents vacuum up from their carpets?  Reality has no definition until men define it.  Babies are born with an obsession to name and categorize – they attach meaning to every scrap and twig and plastic snippet, to sheep horns, bones and shells. For centuries, a sheep horn to an Icelandic child symbolized livestock. In today’s toy chest, the sheep horn has lost its historical status.  Our uninformed child is liberated from its original worth and relevance in rural culture. more….