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Iceland photos by Elena Sheehan


Mystical Iceland

Artist's Statement:  Iceland is one of the youngest evolving landmasses in the world. As two titanic plates are being pulled apart lava rises from below the earth's surface to fill the gap. Hot thermal pools release steam from lower depths. But much of the island is still covered by glaciers that were formed in the Ice Age. This combination of volcanic activity, the release of heat from the bowels of the earth and the melting of ice caps results in a constantly evolving and changing environment.

I was taken, not only by the the beauty of the land, but also by the overwhelming sense of stillness and quiet that in many places made me feel like I was in a fantasy land of magic and mystery.

About the artist: Elena Sheehan was born in China of Russian parents. Raised in San Francisco, she received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She studied photography with Nathan Lyons at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York and with Arthur Siegel at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her MS in 1978.

Active in the photographic community in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, she has taught at San Francisco City College and the University of California Extension Division. Her work has been exhibited and published in Korea, Italy, Greece, Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico as well as in the United States. Her recent book, A Moment in Time, (2014) was selected for the Photobook Exhibition at the Athens Photo Festival 2015.

Elena now lives and works in San Francisco, CA.


November 2nd to December 14, 2019

Photolab Gallery | 2235 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm
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