Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shóplifter: Vanity Disorder

Eldridge Optician is pleased to present "Vanity Disorder", the first solo show at the gallery in Stockholm, by Icelandic, New York based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter. The gallery walls and ceilings have been painted black for the show, which builds on the larger body of work that she presented previously at The Textile Museum in Borås in conjunction with The Nordic Award in Textiles 2011 that was awarded to her by Stiftelsen Fokus Borås.

Shoplifter's innovative work with human and synthetic hair pursues different directions in sculpture, installation, drawing, video, photography, and performance, with a distinct craft and aesthetic sense and underlying themes such as vanity, self image and obsession with the self.

Since 1994 she has lived in New York, making her mark on the art scene, often operating also within design and fashion, therefore blurring the boundaries between various disciplines. Apart from creating a large unique body of artwork for many years, she has been active in various collaborative projects, with Björk, a.v.a.f. (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), and fashion label VPL, just to mention some.

But regardless of context, her work, or contributions, are always unmistakably striking, like in her suggestive braided and woven hair sculpture for Björk (cover art for Medulla, 2004). The hairpiece is undoubtedly an art object in its own right, simultaneously as it is an application for, and helps to define, a pop culture person, actively nourishing a fashion discourse, nesting comfortably in an undefined cultural grey area.

See and read more about Shóplifter here:

Shoplifter in collaboration with Björk
Imaginary Friend by Shoplifter