Thorgrimsdottir, Erla Silfa Hordvik
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Title: The Uniform/Uniformen (2009)
Description: The Uniform consists of t-shirt, jeans, shoes, skin coloured zipper and nylon stockings with textile paint. The T-shirt and the jeans are held together with an 80 cm zipper from the back down to the crutch. The jeans and the shoes are also hold together by zippers. The arms are nylon stockings with tattoos painted on.
The work has references to music cultures like the do it yourself ethics and the indie culture. For me the work raises questions around identity, and what it means to be independent. The costume is about identity, the different roles we inhabit, and how we switch between them.
My way of working:Â I often start with something that catches my interest without knowing where itâ€™s going to lead or end. Iâ€™m very process oriented because I like to work that way, not knowing what the outcome will be and sometimes realizing/learning something new about myself, and my surroundings. I use art to map stuff/surroundings, and to learn about myself (identity), people, feelings, memories, atmospheres etc. I like to hold every possibility open as long as I can in the process of a work.Â Â Â Themes:Â In my work Iâ€™m concerned with different questions, but when everything is summed up itâ€™s often about the same things: Feminine contra masculine (as pure qualities or binaries gendered female contra male, passive contra aggressive, emotional contra rational, domestic contra public etc.), multiple identities/multiple selves etc.Â Â Â Material:Â I have been working with a wide range of material, but at this moment I would like to focus more on sonic art, giving it the main part in my work. Until now sound and music has been a big part and inspiration in my work, but it has never played the leading role. Drawing is also something I value a lot in my artistic practice (both as a tool and as art work), so that is something I want to take further as well.Â Â Â Erla SilfÃ¡ Hordvik ThorgrÃmsdÃ³ttir (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Webside: www.myspace.com/itsmellslikesilfa, www.inboxoutpost.in/djupavik/silfa.html)
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