In a recent interview, Yr reminded her interlocutor of the relative youth of parts of Iceland; that, in fact, the famous volcano Mt. Hekla’s familiar profile is only three or four thousand years old. Iceland’s landscape, in other words, is remaking itself constantly. Yr’s playful juxtaposition of various mountains together in a single composition reflects both her experience working as wilderness guide for many years in Iceland and in Yosemite, and her own brand of, well, magical realism. Like its literary equivalent, Yr’s transformation of the landscape suggests "what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe." Even when the shapes of rock formations or clouds seem plausible, the color stretches our imaginations to the breaking point.
stain. In Le Fardeau, Yr brilliantly deploys an exuberant palette of complementary psychedelic hues to depict adamantine peaks in green and magenta, contrasting them with a soft, cloud-filled sky punctuated by passages of orange and blue.