For Frame magazine’s Sept/Oct issue, I visited Shoplifter’s studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to photograph her. She had just finished installations at Kiasma in Helsinki and at the Venice Biennale. We staged her various creations to create a set to show the range of her work.
From her website:
“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.”