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 dinosaurs and Neanderthals, composed into intricate installations. Karlson has shown extensively in Estonia and been part of several exhibitions abroad.
Her recent exhibitions include "Return to Innocence", Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn (2021); "Roots and Ruins", Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn (2020); "Sisters", with Mall Paris, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2019-2020); "Do Come in, the Door is Open!", with Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2019-2020); "The End", with Dan Mitchell, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn (2019); “Drama is in Your Head V”, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (2018); “Hudnoi”, with Jass Kaselaan, Temnikova & Kasela, 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, 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.
silicone 160×160cm, 2019
silicone 75×98cm, 2017
Return to Innocence
ceramics 19×37cm, 2021
porcelain, metal, led light, weight - 60kg 200×80×80cm, 2017
plastic, skeleton, polyester mucilage 176×99×103cm, 2019
concrete, metal, mixed media, dimensions variable, height approx 120cm , 2019
concrete, styrox, iron 200×70×60cm, 2019
The Good Old Days
aluminum 480×150×600cm, 2021
Terracota, jesmonite 20×25×30cm, 2022
ceramics , 2021
ceramics , 2021
ceramics 20×15×15cm, 2020
ceramics 24×17×14cm, 2021
ceramics 18×12×12cm, 2018
ceramics 17×10×8cm, 2018
ceramics 10×10×8cm, 2018
ceramics 22×20×6cm, 2018
ceramics 22×22×12cm, 2018