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Artist´s Resume

Dóra Rögnvaldsdóttir is primarily a sculptor who has a background in foundry, producing bronze and aluminium works. “Dora draws on Nordic myth and metaphor to express her concerns about the impact of humanity on the environment…. Her viewpoint is from below as well as above the ocean. Large questions are being asked about the fate of the world, but Dora’s is an optimistic vision…. The tense muscular rhythms of her pieces express energy and a sense of moment, challenging the inflexibility and weight of the materials.” (Dr Michael Bear)
Dóra enjoys working with a range of mediums and the challenge of producing works which combine several different techniques & materials; castingvk-index, carving, assemblage of wood, stone, cast aluminium and painting. 
“My work aims to create both contrasts and connections between mixture of materials, subject matter and practices”.
Dóra’s works explore notions of evolution, fragility of nature and the impact of man. She draws on the environment, the human form, cultural heritage and myths from native Iceland. The works are imbued with a sense of fantasy and timelessness, organic and optimistic in their context.


Dóra Á Rögnvaldsdóttir

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Dóra Á. Rögnvaldsdóttir
Born    13-05-60 Akureyri, Iceland
Grew up in Garðabær and has lived in Australia for a number of years as a practicing artist, teacher and community arts coordinator.
Art Education

1995 - 1996  Graduate Diploma of Education - Wollongong University Australia.
1992 - 1995  Bachelor of Creative Arts - Wollongong University, Australia,  majoring in sculpture.
1989 - 1992  Associate Diploma in Arts - West Wollongong, Australia,TAFE majoring in sculpture.
1991 – 2008  Foundry courses – North Wollongong, Australia, TAFE

Solo Exhibition

2003    Smíðar og Skart Gallerí  Reykjavik
1997    Fragments Skoalhaven City Council, Woollongong City Council, Eurobodalla council Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2010   NSW Sculpture society exhibition MLC Sydney
2010    Sculpture in the Vinyards NSW Australia
2009    Connections Shoalhaven City Art Centre NSW Australia
2009    Tomart – 08 Sea Change Arts Festival Australia
2009    Little Archie’s Lady Denman Maritime Museum, Huskison NSW Australia
2009    In Deep Lady Denman Maritime Museum, Huskison NSW Australia
1998 – 2008 Galleria Aniella (work on consignment) Australia
2004    Group Exhibition Worrowing Sea Change Festival Australia


Art Prizes & Commissions

2009    Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival, Outdoor Sculpture Competition – Peoples Choice Award
1997    Fragments  Photography exhibition of migrants in the Shoalhaven – Comission, Australia
1996    One World One Hope, Illawarra AIDS Awareness Art Prize, Australia
1995    Why Psychology? Wollongong University Creative Arts Prize , Australia
1994    Howard Warner Sculpture Award, Long Gallery, Wollongong, Australia
1994    Fabcon Fabfair Sculpture Price, BHP Wollongong, Australia