March 23 - May 5, 2018
Wetterling Gallery is proud to present the exhibition Mother Earth by Nathalia Edenmont. The work of Nathalia Edenmont brings us into a world of seductive beauty and intense pain. Through her imagery, Edenmont examines the living conditions of the contemporary woman and questions about motherhood, fertility and ageing are recurring themes. With references to historical oil paintings, religious symbols and contemporary art Nathalia Edenmont has created a unique expression.
In her latest series presented in the exhibition Mother Earth, the flowers we have seen in her earlier work, has been pollinated and developed into a fruit or vegetable. Throughout art history the seasons have played a role in artists’ explorations, as has the subject of fertility and fecundity. Edenmont addresses both these themes with her unique approach and sensibility. Each of the fruits recalls a season of ripeness, a moment when nature yields a crop of tender grapes in the Fall, a bounty of green tomatoes for only two short weeks in Summer, or bright white asparagus in Spring. Without earth and worms, the harvest of fruits and vegetables would be impossible, and thus, the artist gives us a portrait of Mother Earth, a beautiful, regal woman dressed in a mountain of earth, with hair piled high and her gaze fixed on the viewer, a potent planter. To fertilize the earth, Edenmont’s self-portrait, Full of Life, has her dressed in a garment of worms, a stylish assemblage of crawling brown earth worms, while her hair is coiffed in the style of a Renaissance portrait.
Nathalia Edenmont was born in Yalta in the Soviet Union in 1970. Since 1992 she has been based in Stockholm, Sweden. She attended art school in Kiev and then in Simferopol in the Ukraine prior to entering Forsbergs International School of Design in Stockholm. Nathalia Edenmont has had solo exhibitions all over the world including Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Wetterling Gallery Stockholm, Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum in Stockholm, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Arkansas Art Center, Arkansas and White Space, West Palm Beach, Florida, in USA, Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke, Belgium, and the Institut suédois in Paris. She is represented in numerous private and public collections including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Miami Art Museum, and the Moscow House of Photography Museum.