Artista al Castello
Nerola, Roma, Italy.
december 11'th 2015
Salvatore and Francesco Saverio Russo
This was a very special evening for me. I feel very honored and proud to receive this award for "the stylistic value of my art" - inside this amazing castle in Nerola, very high up on a hill in the Italian country side, outside of Rome.
This is a very big step for me as an artist, being rewarded for painting in my own personal way and expressing my inner world truthfully as I feel it should be done - as me.
It can be a hard and thorny journey, to hold on to your optimism and integrity when you also have to make a living in this world, and therefore need to play by others rules.
This evening was worth all the struggles. It really meant the world to me to recieve this award.
I felt like a princess going to the bal in the castle.
I have never been invited into a real castle before & me and my two daughters felt like we were real life Cinderella's. It was truly a magical evening.
Above is the prize, I got at the Castello Orsini. My last name was Stella that night :) It was a little mixed up, as my last name is Ólafsdóttir, and Stella is my middle name. On the poster and in the catalogue my full name is listed correctly.
To me, it was a good omen to been given a last name that means Star that evening :)
It was overall a really well organized event by the curators Salvatore and Francesco Saverio Russo.
Below is the certificate I received, the catalogue of the event with my painting Circle of Life, and the poster for the event. Farther down are some photos we took for fun in the castle.
Artists at the Jubilee
Michelangelo International Prize
Vatican City State, Rome, Italy.
December 10'th 2015
I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to come to Rome, and to have been selected to accept this amazing miniature Michelangelo Moses award, in the beautiful Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, at the St. Peter's Square in the Vatican city state.
It was such a beautiful evening. A very professional and grande ceremony arranged by
Salvatore and Francesco Saverio Russo
ABOUT THE JUBELEE YEAR
The Jubilee of Mercy is an Extraordinary Holy Year that opened on December 8, 2015 and ends on November 20, 2016.
Pope Francis launched his yearlong push for a global Catholic church of mercy and forgiveness, starting the Jubilee year by calling for a church that always puts mercy before judgment. The celebration is expected to attract around 10 million pilgrims over the course of the year.
I was so lucky to have two amazingly supportive traveling companions with me to Rome. My two daughters, Isabella and Sylvia Stella, who contribute to the photo documentation of the beautiful settings, inside and outside of the event's location at Palazzo Cardinal Cesi.
Below is the poster and the catalogue for the Michelangelo International prize in Cardinal Cesi Palace december 10'th, 2015.
Below is the front cover of the november/december 2015 publication of Italian Art magazine Effetto Arte. Directed by Paolo Levi.
the page dedicated to me from the Jubelee inside Effetto Arte.
28. november- 10 december 2015
Galleria De Marchi
I´m so very honored and proud to have been hand picked by the amazingly sweet and hard working curator and editor of the exhibition mrs. Paola Trevisan.
She did an amazing job, with the catalogue, the opening night, the morning after brunch and the very personal approach to us artists.
Above is a documentation of the exhibition catalogue.
Below a photo of me and the curator in front of my artwork:
"In the Blood of Eden"
Below in the bottom, are some photos from the opening night.
Rotterdam 14. & 15. november 2015
After a 14 hour trip in several trains from Aarhus to Rotterdam, with Deutsche Bahn & my paintings, I was totally overjoyed when I finally arrived at Ahoy!
Here are some pictures of my stand nr. 58
at the EuropArtfair 2015 in Rotterdam
The UNICEF project for the children of Nepal
in collaboration with italian artmagazine Effetto Arte september/october 2015
This project is very heartfelt to me. I always feel very happy when I am able to do something that makes a difference for other people. Effetto Arte published one of my artworks as a thank you for my contribution. When we give - we often get much more than anticipated in return. I got this wonderful review of my painting FULL MOON 2015 from the art critics at the art magazine &
a wonderful collaboration with really great people.
ArtMind Gallery July - September 2015
Frederiksgade 12, 1. Sal, 8000 Aarhus C.
for 6 weeks I worked in a small atelier inside the ArtMind Gallery. Here I welcomed the visitors, created paintings, and exhibited my artworks in Aarhus city center.
I was so happy when I found out, my paintings would be published in this book!
Art against Cancer for children
Odense City Hall, Denmark
6.-12. februar 2015
I donated one of my paintings NEW MOON 2013 for this wonderful cause.
My beloved father died very suddenly of cancer at the young age of 54 years old.
Also the daughter of one of my dearest friends has fought cancer very bravely. It was my absolute pleasure to contribute to this auction for children with cancer.
My artwork was published and discussed in the local newspaper
Above is the printed invitation to the exhibition. I got to know the neighborhood in Risskov very well, when I distributed those, at the beginning of the new year.
Below are newspaper clips about the exhibition, from the local newspapers in Denmark.
In 2014 i finished a five year study, at Aarhus University in Art History.
The picture below far left, is the front cover of my master thesis: "Apple in a post-secular view"
The second two, contain the summary of the thesis.
I´m so proud of this work.
This is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Not because of the studies, but because being an artist and thinking different, was not very welcomed inside the University. I never really understood all the unspoken rules of how to do it right.
I almost didn't finish, because it was so frustrating to be the pink elephant in the room - but I did :) and I met such amazing people in the process.
Interview in Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid 20. june 2013
"Shadows & Light"
This is a piece from my mirror phase as an Art Student in Reykjavik Iceland.
I build this art work for the final school group exhibition in 2006.
It's a twofold sculpture placed into a dark room. A calenderscope and a heavy wooden box.
The artwork consists of several long thin mirrors put together and made into calendarscopes. The calendarscopes, were then placed inside a thick plastic tube, and paired with acrylic glass, filled with small pieces of coloured glass.
It was an interactive art work, where the guests could turn the wheel and set it into motion, manipulating the triangle reflections of light and putting them into movement.
The shadows got cast into the solid masculine sqare treebox. The triangleformed shadows symbolizing the female reproductive organs and the heavy, solid 100 cm x 100 cm square, built of wood, with traditional man tools, placed on a heavy plinth, symbolizing a masculine dominant force.
Anja Stella & Sirry Hjaltested
paintings & ceramics
Hverfisgata, Reykjavik, Iceland.
19. august 2006
Triennale dell´ARTE contemporanea. Verona, Italy.
9. June - 12. June 2016