Erla S. Haraldsdóttir works with painting, animation, video, and photomontage as a means to appropriate and restructure reality. An academically trained painter, she currently focuses on painting where the physicality of paint and colour create space, light, and shadow. Her work combines figurative motifs, abstract colour, and patterns with painterly finesse. The works often explore how memories, emotions, and perception interact. Methodology is central and Haraldsdóttir’s process-driven work is often based on a combination of rules and restrictions, places or stories, and tasks assigned to her by other people. She often extends these methods into her teaching and complex collaborations.
Erla (Iceland/ Berlin) has been on residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios since mid-January 2019, working towards her upcoming exhibition Pattern of the Family at the Reykjanes Art Museum in Iceland.