Hey Siri, Alexa, Cortana! (2018 - )
‘From childhood I was fascinated with Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and when I discovered it at the age of nine in our family encyclopedia I daringly cut out the page. The social parade and pretension resonated with my (limited) life experiences. So it was natural to absorb these Seurats into my own artworks. (La Grande Jatte was actually painted as a pair with The Bathers - contrasting life on the rich and poor sides of the river.)
The mannequins from Zara shop windows remind me of various versions of ‘ The Three Graces’ but also of the Siri, Alexa, and Cortana - the subservient, submissive, and eager-to-please digital assistants.’
'Be Prepared' (2011 - 2017)
Women (and men) today are bombarded and harried with self-help promises and well-meaning mantras. Daily life decisions become epic adventures. These works rethink iconic images of women with upturned eyes, hopeful gestures, the lamentations of sinners…
'La vie en rose' (2014 - 2017)
Life is filled with mundane chores - cleaning can be seen as a labour of mythological proportions that only ends once we die. However we crave for more and want to lead a significant life. Inspired by Dutch 17th century genre painting (van Mieris, Metsu, Dou) the ‘woman at home’ takes on gigantic proportions, attempting to escape and conquer the world.
‘Small’ heroine paintings
In contrast to Aerfeldt’s very large works, here the artist has mimicked the intimate scale of Dutch genre painting. Women move from the home into the great outdoors, but the job descriptions is much the same - still knitting, sewing and cleaning.
Oil on wood panel or oil on canvas; 30 x 40 cm and 40 x 40 cm
Spikes can both protect and repel. Schopenhauer's describes two hedgehogs trying to stay warm on a bitter winter's day. When they get too close they ‘spike’ each other; too far apart they risk freezing to death. It’s like human relations.
Limited edition photographs
100cm perspex mounted diasec (edition of 3 +1AP);
80 cm on heavy cotton rag paper (edition of 5+1AP);
40cm on heavy cotton rag paper (edition of 10 + 2AP)
Archive selection (2008 - 2012)
Works held in private and public collections
Archive selection (2000 - 2007)
Works held in public and private collections