An exploration into the spiritual dimension of human experioence, Idealized Imperfection showcases two artists who expand on contemporary life while utilizing historical traditions and text. Inspired by Orthodox iconography and fashion photography, Natalia Berglund's paintings are a commentary on the modern ideals of femininity. Kelly Kruse blends sacred text and personal reflection to create illuminated paintings that consider the duality between time and the reality of pain. While appearing to be idyllic, contemplation and refelction allows the viewer to witness the limitations in life through this visual dialogue.
In memory of Dr. Shelly Nordtop-Madson, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend.
Left image: Kelly Kruse, Even the perfect one dies; he shows us his wounds, 2018
Right image: Natalia Berglund, SHIELDED WARRIORS Ethelind, 2019, Collection of Kris Lynch