Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter / Iceland/United States b.1969 / Nervescape V  2016 (installation view) / Modacrylic fibre, nylon zip ties, steel staples / Commissioned 2016 for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / © The artist / Photograph: Natasha Harth


Nervescape V 2016

Not Currently on Display

Nervescape V adorns the walls of the Long Gallery. Exuberant, tactile and sprawling, the installation is constructed from massed bundles of synthetic hair. Nervescape V is like a super-sized nervous system connecting people and ideas within the ‘body’ of the gallery.

The work is sensual and enveloping, its softness evoking a maternal comfort, or a child cuddling a soft toy. It is also unsettling; to see such a volume of hair is strange, even grotesque. Immersive and tactile, Arnardóttir’s work invites a return to our primal instincts.

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter or ‘Shoppy’ is an Icelandic artist based in New York. Arnardóttir first trained as a painter from 1989 to 1993 at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts. Three years later, she received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Arnardóttir has worked for several years exploring the aesthetic and symbolic use of hair.

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