Natalia Berglund is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works in a variety of different mediums, with a primary focus on portraiture that builds upon Orthodox iconography. Drawing parallels between the high drama of ancient Russian icons and more contemporary representations of women in the media, Natalia’s work explores the tension inherent in modern ideals of femininity. At once both rejecting and embracing traditional religious portraiture, her current work is sensual, powerful and unafraid to challenge both Russian and American ideals of what it means to be a woman. Hailing from Minsk, Belarus, and educated in the United States (where she currently resides) Natalia is in a unique position to parse the differences between East and West.
I love art, I love looking at art, and even more, I love creating art, working across a variety of different mediums. Often, my portraits start with a face. Sometimes it’s the face of a friend, other times it’s a complete stranger. Once I find a face that captivates me, my mind drifts and I begin to invent a narrative around its features, and create an environment that gives the subject a new persona. This new environment often includes background elements that hold clues to the story that I am trying to tell.