Helgi Thorgils Fridjónsson is an artist who both embraces and questions Icelandic identity,
being nationalistic is not my interest, but bringing up national questions provokes something about existence
. His paintings re-interpret and reclaim ideas about nature and myth. Animals, fishes and birds are just as likely as humans to be the protagonists in his visual scenarios. He posits a democratisation of nature and suggests we need to think in anti-hierarchical terms – man being nothing more than a biological form among other biological forms. A recurring motif is mirroring and duality, drawing attention to the things that unify humans and animals: the symmetry of the human body, the symmetry of the non-human body and the importance of eyes.