Gunnhildur Hauksdottir received her MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2006 and her BFA from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2002. Gunnhildur works with sound installations, performance, and drawing. Her drawings take a trajectory towards exploring the sonic realm and movement patterns functioning as intermediary translations from an event to sound, and further to installations and performances.
Her works and performances have been exhibited widely, she took part in the Silver Lining, Collateral Event at the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia in 2015. Among the institutions that have recently displayed her works are the Galeria Municipal do Porto, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the Uppsala Art Museum. Her works are found in public collections including the National Gallery of Art in Iceland, Uppsala Art Museum in Sweden, the Goethe Institute in Copenhagen, the Hess Gallery Collection in Lethbridge, Canada and the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik.
Five Drawings combines sculpture, audio, performance, and drawing. The substance of the work stems from five simple ink drawings, used as score and vocalized for a self-made binaural microphone that later in the process became a sculpture. The drawing - which were originally separate from the installation - form the base and structure of the vocal composition. These drawings were eventually presented in a 2017 publication accompanying the work, after which they were framed and shown. The drawings were interpreted into audio with the help of five female voices. The installation for UNM, shown for the first time in Iceland, includes the sculpture, drawings in silk print, and a two-channel sound installation along with the sculpture, which stands on a tripod in the middle of the space. The work was published in 2017, in a limited edition of 20/20. The publication includes silk prints from drawings layered on top of each other and is complimented by a ten-inch vinyl containing the composition and drawings.