Wednesday, July 28, 2010
How do you pronounce Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir...?
...I have no idea! So let's go by her alias name Shoplifter. If you are unaware of her work she was the artist who created Bjork's hair helmuts for Medulla. Her work is incredibly fascinating and well thought out. Now here is something you might not know. Shoplifter has stated in Nyartbeat that the whole hair concept originated from a flower made of hair she kept as a child. It was called a Victorian memory flower, and when a person passed away it was common back in Victorian times for loved ones to weave braid's of the hair into their jewelry. Now that I know this it gives her art an entirely new perspective. Hair as an art form was essentially created for the purpose of mourning a loved one, and here Shoplifter exploits this custom into large lavish sculptures of thick intricate braids tangled into another in harmonious elegance. Somehow it's beautiful.
While we are on the topic of hair art, here is an entirely different concept from Nagi Nota; a Japanese pop artist and director.