Edith Karlson (b. 1983) is an Estonian artist based in Tallinn. She acquired a BA (2006) and an MA (2008) degree in the Installation and Sculpture department of Estonian Academy of Arts.
In Edith 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 colourful dogs to naked humans. However, these never stand alone as mere representations, but are composed into intricate installations. Edith has shown extensively in Estonia, and been part of several exhibitions abroad.
Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include: "Do Come in, the Door is Open!", Kumu, Tallinn, together with Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen (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); “Drama Is In Your Head IV: Don’t Look Down”, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2014); “Drama Is In Your Head III”, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn (2013); “Drama Is In Your Head II”, Tallinn City Gallery (2013). Karlson has collaborated on projects with art collective Gelitin and with British artist Sarah Lucas, including “Loch”, 21er Haus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna (2013); "Lucas Bosch Gelatin”, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2011). She assisted Sarah Lucas in the production of the artist’s work for the British Pavillion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.