Katrín Sigurdardóttir‘s installation of very small houses at MIT’s List Gallery is a stunning doorway into the world of memory, and an individual’s perception of home. The houses are grouped into two series: Ellefu (“Eleven” in Icelandic) and Unbuilt Residences in Reykjavik 1925–1930. “Eleven” consist of eleven segments of the artist’s childhood home (one of which is shown at top). The models are reconstructed from basswood and plaster, and serve as physical souvenirs as well as signifiers of the particularities of lived experience filtered (faultily, or partially) by memory. Fault lines exist more noticeably in the second series (Unbuilt Residences). These architectural models have been burned, dropped, and otherwise damaged. Their cracks are, in some cases, visibly patched, while in others the shattered walls are left bare and gaping.
At the MIT List Visual Art Center until April 12.