Ásta Þrastardóttir 


Ásta Þrastardóttir received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. For best viewing, please look at this on a browser. 


Wading Into Collapse

A collaborative project with Jack Tufts. We created an installation to tell the stories of our homes, Iceland and Louisiana, to show the ways the climate is already dramatically shifting in each place.

It is an intimate installation, meant for two people, that immerses those who sit into the space in videos that flash from Louisiana to Iceland. In the center is a book, so big that two people are meant to flip the pages together. The book includes our personal stories of how the climate shifting has impacted our families. The stories are written in English and Icelandic.

When people think of climate change, they often imagine some sort of dystopian futuristic scene, or something that will only become serious in the year 2100. We find comfort in thinking of the immediate, planning out of lives in hours, days, weeks, and months. But our installation is not a story about a distant far-off future, it is a story about the past and present. We put our homes on display to show the ways in which the climate is already shifting in Iceland and Louisiana.

To imagine what the world will look like in 78 years is intimidating, the image is so far in the future that it is blurred, too slippery to grasp. But ecological collapse doesn’t exist in sci-fi futures, it is happening now.