Swim Girls

Exhibit Dates: May 24 - July 27, 2019

Exhibit Opening: June 14, 2019

golden cap by mary cathering solberg

golden cap by mary cathering solberg

lake madonna by mary catherine solberg

lake madonna by mary catherine solberg

Dream time by mary catherine solberg

Dream time by mary catherine solberg

Artist Statement
The Swim Girls are a series of large scale moody portraits of women diving, contemplating, and savoring the aquatic life. Some are preparing to dive deep into the lake, river or pool. There she will experience the weightlessness of water and the connection to her watery core. The metaphor of water is used throughout mythology, religion, and art to symbolize a psychological transformation or to express a dive into elements of the subconscious mind. In essence, she is diving into a new reality.

Some of the backgrounds are metal leaf, black or simplified suggesting a timeless realm while other backgrounds are drawn from the deeply carved river valleys of the Driftless Area of the upper Midwest, including a mysterious formation called “Sugar Loaf” which appears frequently in my work. The bluffs, cliffs, and craggy formations of that area bear witness to their escape from the terrain smoothing glaciers. The Swim Girls Series is about transformation. It is also a meditation, a memory and a dip into the subconscious.