The Moving/Shifting Forces in the Paintings of Erla S. Haraldsdóttir

Christoph Tannert

Erla S. Haraldsdóttir’s ‘visual wanderings’ are explorations in the field of painting as much as reflections on pictorial methods. More than the figurative element sin her paintings, it is the physical presence of colour that catches the eye at first glance – this thinking in and thinking through colour that manifests itself in well-tempered and simultaneously vigorous highlights. Haraldsdóttir follows her own path while keeping constant eye contact with tradition. The perception of logical contents rather than pathos determines the unfurling of passionate phrases. These images are observed calmly. Spectators are equally reluctant to divert their attention from them as from the historic background or the site-specific attractions inscribed within them.