Erla S. Haraldsdóttir has a background in classical painting and has, for the past years, focused on the figurative. The physicality of paint, handling of colour to create space, light and shadow is highly significant to her. Methodology is central to her practice, and she often explores how memories, emotions and visual perception interact. She has additionally worked with animation, video and photomontage as tools for appropriating and restructuring reality. Haraldsdóttir studied at the Royal Institute of Fine Art in Stockholm, the San Francisco Arts Institute, and was examined from Konsthögskolan Valand, Göteborg, in 1998. Haraldsdóttir has exhibited in institutions such as Berlinische Galerie (Berlin), the Scandinavia House (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), and is represented at Reykjavík Art Museum as well as the National Public Art Council and Moderna Museet in Sweden. Recent exhibitions include: Visual Wandering Asi, art museum in Reykjavik, (2014); A Place Where We Could Go, Kronika Bytom, Poland (2014); Moment, Ynglingagatan 1, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2011-12); (I)ndependent People, Reykjavík Arts Festival (2012); She has held workshops in Fine Art Academies in Scandinavia and the Caribbean, and is currently a guest teacher at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden.
Erla S. Haraldsdóttir 2014, “Spoor/Art Nouveau” (detail), oil on canvas, 200 x 90 cm