By HLIF OLAFSDOTTIR
Tell me about yourself
My name is Erla Danielsdottir and I am 26 years old. I have been living in Reykjavík for almost two years after living in Nashville, TN. I was born in a small town in Iceland called Akranes but moved shortly after to the US where I grew up living in different places and speaking mostly English. I currently work at a vintage shop called Gyllti Kötturinn, and I recently graduated from a 1 year program at Myndlistaskólann í Reykjavík. I’m about to start my BA degree for fine arts at Listahaskoli Íslands in the fall! My plans for the future are to keep working and being able to make art full time. I began painting and sketching in high school which led to digital art and video work that was inspired by my skills with painting.
What is your work about?
Most of my work is about how my mind works portrayed with abstract shapes and feminine lines. I have always had a very large imagination, and it always took me to a good or bad place. I try to convey my thoughts through my perspective on every project I come across.
Where do you find inspiration? Are there any women painters that you admire?
I get inspiration through everything. Music is a big one, nature and stories. My main focus has always been color and lines. Lines are my main use when it comes to creating something. Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, and I’m obsessed with Bridget Riley’s work. Her paintings at Tate were breathtaking.
What´s your favorite thing about living in Iceland?
My favourite thing about living in Iceland is the nature. Of course everyone says it but how can you not! Every large green field full of sheep I come across makes me wanna jump out the car and roll in the grass. The country can be such a mindful sanctuary. Another thing I love about living here is how supportive my peers are in the art community, they always encourage you to be yourself and that you can do anything you want.
Follow Erla Daníelsdóttir’s work here.