Sigríður Björnsdóttir

Memories: My life with Dieter Roth

‘Memories: My life with Dieter Roth‘ is an honest and personal account of her life and artistic collaborations with the Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth by Sigríður Björnsdóttir, artist and pioneer of art therapy.

Sigríður Björnsdóttir met 22-year-old Dieter Roth in Copenhagen in 1956. A year later, Roth joined her in Reykjavík, and in 1957 they married.

Fifty years later, Björnsdóttir recounts their meeting, their life together with her daughter and their three children, the ups and downs of their marriage, and their eventual separation and divorce.

Beyond her own professional and artistic activities, and her roles as mother and wife, the author describes her collaborative and experimental work with Roth, their encounters with friends and artistic peers and the beginnings of Roth’s multifaceted practice. During this period Roth designed furniture and jewellery and pursued typographical work, experimenting with new printing techniques, and published several artist books in his newly founded publishing company forlag ed.

A Hauser&Wirth title from Walther Koenig.

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