Natalia Edenmont was born in Yalta (Ukraine) and studied at the State Art School of Kyiv (Ukraine) from 1984 – 1987, and later at the Simferopol State Art School (Ukraine). She spent 1998 – 2001 at Forsberg’s International School of Design in Stockholm (Sweden). Her works (photographic art) have been exhibited widely across Europe, in Russia and the United States.
Her art confronts a broad variety of subjects, always in a simple and clear way, but often mood-invoking. There is beauty in her images, but it’s combined with shock and horror, fear and loathing, such as when she makes finger puppets from dead white mice and nobody can be sure whether she actually killed the mice herself or just employed some good image processing. Natalia Edenmont has therefore been widely criticised – not by art critics, but by animal rights activists, vegetarians and so forth, people who have a low tolerance and confound their personal convictions with moral imperatives.With her subjects, such as self-strangling beauties and innocent teen girls in darkened bedrooms, she is always the principal sorcerer, concocting a fascinating mixture of beauty and terror. The world into which Natalia Edenmont leads the beholder seems familiar, at least at first glance, but gradually one understands that hers is a new and rather strange world.
In one of her works, a bare-breasted woman gazing out at the viewer is holding what initially appears to be a baby. Suddenly, one becomes aware that it’s not a baby at all, but rather a sizeable piece of raw meat. A lot of aesthetic philosophy, semantic and iconographic altercation occurs, alluding to our hidden fears, dark recollections and all these align to symbolise the precariousness of our existence. It’s as if someone is shouting “Off with their heads!” so we can hear that loud and clear, but have no idea whether the hidden Queen is referring to us.
Nathalia Edenmont, 08.02.2014 - 12.04.2014, Project Room
Nathalia Edenmont: Photographs, 28.04.2007 - 06.06.2007, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie Nathalia Edenmont: Photographs
Nathalia Edenmont, 2015, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle / USA
Only Me, 17.01.2014 - 16.03.2014, Sven-Harrys konstmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Only Child, 13.10.2012 - 05.01.2013, Alingsås konsthall, Alingsås, Sweden
Forget-Me-Not, 06.01.2012 – 28.04.2012, Whitespace – The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Nathalia Edenmont, Artothèque de Caen, Festival Les Boréales, Caen, France