Beth Yarnelle Edwards November 14, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Iceland.
Suburban Dreams. Iceland 2009
Beth Yarnelle Edwards (b.1950, USA) has been making photographs in idyllic suburban middle-class settings in America and Europe since 1997. Her work as been exhibited and published extensively in the USA and Europe, and she has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Château D’Eau in Toulouse, France and the Museé de la Photographie å Charleroi in Belgium. The winner of Center’s 1999 Photography Project Competition, her photographs can be found in the collections of SFMOMA, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and many other institutions. Edwards’ first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag (Germany) in 2011. Her most recent exhibition was at KievFotoCom in Kiev, Ukraine.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph was made in June 2009, when I spent a month in a tiny fishing village in northwestern Iceland. Though intrigued by the stark, dramatic landscape and constant brightness, I was especially interested in the people I met and often surprised by them. Everyone I met there had mastered one or more handicrafts. Helga, a teacher and single mother, and her seventeen-year-old daughter Halla were especially gifted with yarns and textiles. Halla had decorated her room by herself and had also designed and sewn the pullover she’s wearing in the photograph. She had just finished high school a few weeks before and was eager to be on her way to study clothing design in Reykjavik, the country’s capital. Helga had knitted her own sweater and was an expert felter.