Edith Karlson (b. 1983) is an Estonian artist based in Tallinn. She acquired her BA (2006) and MA (2008) degrees at the Installation and Sculpture department of Estonian Academy of Arts.
In Karlson's sculptural practice, animals and people are the main protagonists. Her often large-scale sculptural pieces produced by means of mixed techniques show a variety of characters, from ceramic dogs to cement dinasours and Neanderthals, composed into intricate installations. Karlson has shown extensively in Estonia and been part of several exhibitions abroad.
Her recent exhibitions include "Sisters", with Mall Paris, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; "Do Come in, the Door is Open!", with Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen, Kumu, Tallinn (2019-2020); "The End", with Dan Mitchell, Temnikova & Kasela gallery (2019); “Drama is in Your Head V”, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (2018); “Hudnoi”, with Jass Kaselaan, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2017–2018); “Vox Populi”, Tallinn City Gallery (2016); “Beaten Up By A Thug, Saved By Kindness” with Kris Lemsalu, Michèle Pagel, Ben Washington, Amatorska gallery, London (2015); and “Drama Is In Your Head IV: Don’t Look Down”, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2014).
Karlson has collaborated on projects with art collective Gelitin and British artist Sarah Lucas, including “Loch”, 21er Haus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna (2013); "Lucas Bosch Gelatin”, Kunsthalle Krems (2011). She assisted Lucas in the production of the artist’s installation for the British Pavillion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.