‘In my work I focus on the connection, the connection to other people, connection to nature, connection to every breath.’
Born and based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Helga Mogensen studied at technical college in Iceland, then went on to graduate in 2007 with a first class honours in jewellery and silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art. Now living back in Reykjavik, Helga has been working with a variety of
materials such as silver, steel, copper, brass, driftwood and fish skin. Her main focus in her art work is using her personal experience in life. translating that into objects to wear, or even as wall pieces. She loves the freedom that is involved in her field. The different scales of work, varying
from earrings to large scale neckpieces bring different challenges. Currently, she is using driftwood in combination with thread and sterling silver. Mogensen considers the thread, which creates a link between the driftwood pieces, to represent a human connection.
Every summer she takes a vacation with her family at a beach in the north of Iceland, where she finds inspiration in the closeness to nature, the remote location, and the lack of electricity. Her work portrays the personal aspects of her life, mirroring actions, behaviour, people, places, nature, and
feelings. Mogensen also focuses on personal identity, the idea that each maker is an individual with his or her own reality to display. No two can be the same.