Opening Reception March 22, 17-19.30
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.