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Icelandic Artist of the week!

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, a.k.a. Shoplifter is an artist from Iceland whose work has been shown and published all over the world, especially in New York City where she lives with her family. Her body of work as a whole exists in the gray area between visual art, performance, and design.

Shoplifter has worked for several years exploring the use and symbolic nature of hair, and its visual and artistic potential. 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 roll in her life and work, sometimes subtly, but other times taking over. This humor extends to her love of playing with the juxtaposition of opposites. Like with her hair pieces- they appear beautiful evoking natural forms and plant life, but at the same time hair is considered grotesque and disturbing when it is not attached to the body, like hair in the shower drain.

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