Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir is one of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists, based in New York. Working with both synthetic and natural hair her sculptures, wall murals and site-specific installations explore themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myth. For Shoplifter hair is the ultimate thread that grows from our body. Hair is an original, creative fiber, a way for people to distinguish themselves as individuals, and often an art form. Humor plays a large role in her life and work, sometimes subtly, but at other times taking over.
Shoplifter is representing Iceland at La Biennale di Venezia in 2019 and her installation Chromo Sapiens opened at the Icelandic Pavilion in May 2019 in Venice, Italy. Her most recent work includes solo exhibitions at Kiasma - the Finnish National Gallery (2019); the National Gallery of Iceland (2017); the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2017); and the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art in Australia (2016). Notable projects and awards include; her large window installation created in collaboration with art collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf) for MoMA; Museum of Modern Art in New York (2008), The Nordic Award in Textiles and The Prince Eugen Medal for artistic achievement from the King and Royal Crown of Sweden (2011).