Reflecting on ones place of origin and national identity, usually turns out to be a perilous journey. Especially when one starts to investigate and re-evaluate a nation as small as Iceland. In her work María Elínardóttir, challenges the glorified impression of her own nation, as she herself puts it, by uncovering the layers of the shallow surface of their charming and mysterious persona, depicted for the world to see. Combining symbols, that merge the cultural and political spheres of the icelandic contemporary society with their very much admired nature, the artist creates the powerful visual manifestation of her observations