Where the Land Rises
“Perhaps in the world’s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Where the Land Rises explores the complex interrelations between mankind and nature set against the unpredictable terrain of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago in southern Iceland. By investigating themes of absence and remembrance, I reflect on the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the island of Heimaey in 1973, examining how this sudden trauma to the symbolic order of existence transformed both the island’s geography and the collective psyche of the people who dwell there; inhabitants who exist between a landscape gone and a landscape to come.