Meet the Artist: Erla S. Haraldsdóttir

13 MAR 2020, 11:00

Please join us on Friday 13 March 2020 from 11:00-12:00 for a presentation of artworks by visiting artist Erla Haraldsdóttir.

Erla (Iceland/ Berlin) has been on residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios since mid-January 2020

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 11 March 2020 to confirm your attendance.

Erla intends to show new works at this event, consisting of: paintings, drawings and mosaic works, that she has created during her residency. The current series of works will be exhibited in the crypt of Lund Cathedral in Lund, Sweden. The exhibition, titled “Övergångar” which translates into “Transformation” or “Changes” opens on 21 March 2020.

These new works contain biblical symbols, for example: the palm branch, the dove, the fish, the pomegranate, each symbol appears throughout Christian art in multiple countries and time periods. Bearing these historically allegorical symbols in mind, she places them into a mundane setting, as a means by which to both look at them afresh, and appropriate them.

Erla S. Haraldsdóttir works with painting, animation, video, and photomontage as a means to restructure quotidian life in the 21st century. 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.