Plymouth-based artist, Natalia Berglund’s solo exhibition at TMORA, presents a fresh perspective on one of art’s oldest genres. This exhibition attempts to forge links between the past and present by fusing elements of the traditional Russian religious icon with modern glamour and sensual portraiture that is omnipresent in today’s culture.
The exhibition is grouped into thematic sections that create a progression from traditional gilded iconic imagery to contemporary fluid ink paintings.
With each work, Natalia represents her subjects both literally and symbolically. She captures the precise facial features, but then makes surrealistic background and color choices in order to reveal her subject’s character and inner psyche. Created for contemplation, each image is filled with meaning and visual richness.
The exhibition is accompanied by an original musical soundscape by Minneapolis-based composer (and Natalia’s husband) Alexander Berglund. These musical textures provide an ambiance for reflection and bring to life the sacred, mysterious and meditative drama of Natalia’s artworks.
On view in the Lower Gallery August 25 – September 16, 2018