Erla Thórarinsdottir works with space, time and processes where memory, human context and scale is integrated. Within her paintings she has used sheets of silver, building light sensitive bodies and structures that exposed to light and time and whatever is in the air, oxidize and transmute according to circumstances on site.
In her art the archaic is present, so is congeniality, and there is a need to communicate contemporaneously to the west and the east. Her practice incorporates painting and photography, textile design, stone works and installations.
Erla was born in Reykjavik 1955. She grew up in Sweden, studied at Konstfack in Stockholm and Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam 1976-81. In the mid 1980s she lived in New York before returning to settle in Iceland. She has worked and exhibited in Scandinavia, North Europe, USA and China.