Iris Gunnarsdottir

Iris Gunnarsdottir is an artist and ceramist who explores concepts of equality and mutual support from within a feminist framework.

While artist-in-residence at the University of Essex, Iris created communal activities to bring students together, such as making their own piggy banks out of clay. These gatherings were the catalyst for further conversations about the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on students’ lives.

To preserve participants’ anonymity, these conversations were recorded and then acted out by Iris who becomes both interviewer and interviewee, as our students reveal their hopes and dreams for the future.

Iris Gunnarsdottir lives and works in Essex. She has exhibited widely including the Shadows at the Benham Gallery, Colchester (2022) and The Interviews at Art Exchange, Colchester (2020) where her work was displayed alongside photographs by Claude Cahun.