Shoplifter

Shoplifter

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter is an Icelandic artist living in New York. She creates sculptures, wallmurals and installations with various materials, most notably human- and synthetic hair. Shoplifter use of fiber and found objects take on themes relating to vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myths, often touching on notions that come close to obsession or fetish.

In her work, Arnardóttir addresses the history of our obsession with hair and how it is an ongoing manifestation of creativity in contemporary culture. The work is often interwoven with performance on where she plays with the allure of the excessive, ranging from decorative and beautiful to haunting and horrific. The headpiece she created for Björk on her album cover of Medúlla in 2004 was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA in New York as apart of the Björk retrospective.

Together with A.V.A.F. she was commissioned by MoMA in 2008 to create a large window installation in New York and she represented Iceland, alongside Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, at the Liverpool Biennial in UK in September 2010. She received The Nordic Award in Textiles 2011 and was that same year awarded The Prins Eugen Medal for artistic achievement from the King and Royal Crown of Sweden.

She is currently working on numerous large scale installations in Australia, UK, USA and Iceland and Artnet recently named Shoplifter one of 50 most exciting artists in Europe in 2015.