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Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter

Born in: 1969

Iceland

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Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter is an Icelandic artist living in New York. She attended the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts from 1989 until 1993, and in 1996, she earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Hrafnhildur’s oeuvre has merited several honors including the 2011 Nordic Textile Award and the 2011 Prince Eugen Medal for Artistic Achievement from the King and Royal Crown of Sweden. In 2008, Hrafnhildur Arnadóttir and a.v.a.f. were commissioned by MoMA to create a large window installation in New York. She also represented Iceland, alongside Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, at the Liverpool Biennial in the UK in September, 2010. Arnadóttir makes sculptures, drawings and installations with various materials and found objects. Her works take on themes relating to vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myths, and often tackle notions that border on obsession or fetishism. Her body of work as a whole exists in the gray area between visual art, performance, and design and has been exhibited in numerous countries and featured in various publications. Shoplifter has worked for several years exploring the use and symbolic nature of hair, and its visual and artistic potential. In her work, she addresses the history of our obsession with hair and how it is an ongoing manifestation of creativity in contemporary culture. Her synthetic and natural hair sculptures, site-specific instillations and wall murals can be decorative, horrific, or strictly abstract.
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