Helen Edling

Sjung Sjöng Sjungit and Hemhörigheter
National Waterfront Museum
Swedish artist Helen Edling’s two new installations respond to artworks by the Polish artist Josef Herman, whose work was inspired by the mining community of Ystradgynlais where he lived between 1944 and 1955.

Using the museum in unexpected ways, Helen Edling presents the viewer with a series of playful theatrical scenarios, ranging from small scenes of family life and
work to a mischievous flock of miners’ canaries who are in the process of ‘stealing’ Herman’s painting ‘Miners Singing’. Edling references Herman’s romantic ideas of the heroism of labour but gives the archetypes he portrays of ‘miner’ and ‘pregnant woman’ a new way of being experienced and considered.
This project is part of ArtShare Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru’s visual arts partnership scheme, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.