Edith Karlson

Family

2019 

Edith Karlson adores animals and birds, whereas humans mostly appear as shadows or husks in her works. In this wonderfully witty installation, the artist has finally brought them together in such a way that it is hard to tell whether they are mummified pharaoh-sized humans or reborn saurians. Her Family sings an ode to the effortless everyday image of the super-beings, where the androgynous giants of Plato’s Symposium have finally reunited and become one again, having no problem with sexuality or gender. They are perfect, gently holding an old family portrait from the modern times as a remembrance of what has been.