Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir | QAGOMA, Australia.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter
QAGOMA, Children’s Art Centre, Australia.
November 19th 2016 – April 17th 2017.
To celebrate GOMA Turns 10, the Children’s Art Centre will present an interactive exhibition by New York-based, Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoppy).
Shoppy creates spectacular artworks using synthetic hair. She believes that hair can inspire great personal creativity and is a way for people to express who they are to the world.
QAGOMA holds a Collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions. It is home to the Children’s Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (b. 1969) crosses boundaries between visual art, fashion, and performance, but her trademark is her medium: hair, both artificial and real. She creates works of fancy and fantasy, whether in the form of intricately woven wigs used in performance or installation, wall hangings evoking the extravagance of the Baroque, or murals of computer-generated patterns of densely arranged braids. Hrafnhildur frequently collaborates with musicians and other visual artists; recent collaborations include an installation with composer Nico Muhly, as well as a window installation at MoMA composed of swirling masses of colorful artificial hair highlighted by neon lights.