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Icelandic painter Helena Margrét Jónsdóttir describes her work as “digital abstract paired with realism.” A pairing that sounds absurd at first, but it emphasizes a digital reality that has become a larger part of our everyday lives.

This theme is apparent in the pictures themselves as well as in the process behind them. In the paintings, she contrasts the digital with the act of oil painting which gives the work a depth that it would otherwise lack on a screen.

Jónsdóttir’s paintings are crisp and clean yet full of intricate details. In her work, she deals with the ghosts of oil painting’s past and a feeling of longing and yearning for something, a dream world where bodies act out of control, getting in the way of themselves.

We spoke to Jónsdóttir about when she started painting, her creative process, style, and the vision she attributes to her paintings: