Shoplifter is the moniker of Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, an artist famous for creating works from real and synthetic hair. Based in New York, her sculptures, murals and installation pieces focus on themes of self-image, myth-making, beauty and vanity. In an in-depth profile for WePresent, our writer spoke to Hrafnhildur about her obsession with hair, the power of color psychology, and how she creates works that are designed to be touched. Hrafnhildur has held solo exhibitions around the world, represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and was awarded the The Prince Eugen Medal for artistic achievement.
“There are a lot of unwritten rules of belonging, and I’m trying to communicate that through hair.”