100 MIGRATORY in New York 2019

Three vessels part of 100 MIGRATORY was exhibitied at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York City in November 2019. It was vessel no 68/100M, 74/100M and 99/100M as well as “Clear as Crystal V” . Monica L Edmondson was selected as one of the businesses to exhibit  at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York City in November 2019. The show was initiated by Arctic Design of Sweden – a regional project to introduce high-quality design from the north of Sweden for an international market.

It is a story behind each vessel of glass, sculpture in stone, urban glass façade or wallpaper pattern. It can be a story to remind us of our own – as well as natures’ – fragility and strength, a story which explores questions of identity and migration or a story to connect traditional Sami crafts or local history with art in an urban context. I live in Tärnaby, north-west Sweden where I have my glass studio and workshop.

I was also invited to present my art and the Sami culture at Urban Glass, Brooklyn

Exhibition and artist talk at Konsthallen Luleå

Come and experience part of 100 MIGRATORY at Konsthallen, Kulturens Hus Luleå.
I have 17 vessels and three images by Carl-Johan Utsi part of the show.
Welcome to the opening night Friday the 20th of October at 6 PM.
On Saturday at 2 PM you can hear my presentation about past, present and future work at the same venue.


Link to program here (in Swedish)

Sami Center of Contemporary Art

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14th of June was the opening night of the exhibition Top of the World and the new Sami Center of Contemporary Art in Karasjok Norway. It was a wonderful night with so many people. It must have been 200 persons there, from near and far, speeches, music and dance performance by Carmen Olsson amongst the glass. I feel very privileged to exhibit parts of 100 MIGRATORY together with these top artists Outi Pieski, Lindsay Seers, Linda Persson, Joar Nango and Roger Mullin. Gijtto Thank you staff and all others who helped out to get it all look so good in the end!


100 MIGRATORY @ Top of the World Karasjok Norway

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You are all very welcome to the opening exhibition at the new gallery at Sámi Dáiddaguovddás / Sami Center for Contemporary Art in Karasjok Norge on Saturday the 14th of June at 6PM. Hope to see you there! The exhibition with my work is there from 14th of June – 20th of July 2014.

More info here!
Mer information om utställningen här

100 MIGRATORY @ Gränshandelsmarknaden Tärnaby

Photo: Mille Selander

Photo: Mille Selander

 100 MIGRATORY in Tärnaby 25-27 July 2014 @ Fokets hus Tärnaby

100 MIGRATORY is coming back to the origin in Tärnaby – to be exhibited in a modified form with images by Carl-Johan Utsi and Mikael Rutberg. The glass will be part of the danceperformance by Carmen Olsson on Saturday and Sunday (info below)

The book 100 MIGRATORY is for sale for SEK 290 (cash only) and postcards for 25 kr/each.

The exhibition 100 MIGRATORY in Tärnaby opening hours:
Friday and Saturday 12 – 5PM, Sunday 12 – 3PM

Buy tickets to the performance “Carmen Olsson dance in 100 MIGRATORY” at the touristinformation in Tärnaby. The performance is on Saturday 26th of July @ 3PM and on Sunday 27th of July @ 1PM

Check Hemavan Tärnaby´s webpage

Link to articel in VK  “Urstarkt och skört”  the 2nd of February 2014 by Sara Meidell – about Carmen and her performance amongst the glass.

Vessel 93 @ home

blog_080I just want to share an image of vessel no. 93/100M that has arrived to a final home with Birgitta Bäckström in Umeå. Good to see!

During the two final exhibitions of 100 MIGRATORY, in a “modified” form, we only use around 80 of the vessels of glass; in Karasjok Norway 14 June – 20 July and in Tärnaby Sweden during Gränshandelsmarknaden 25-27 July. 20 of the vessels are already at there new owners of people living mainly in Umeå.

The rest of you will get “your” vessel of glass sometimes during October/November 2014, after the two exhibitions in Karasjok and Tärnaby.

Finissage weekend 10-11 May 2014

Last weekend for my show at the Museum of Västerbotten this coming weekend.

I will be there and present the exhibition at 2PM on Saturday the 10th of May. Welcome!

Last chance to see Carmen Olssons dance performance amongst the glass at 4PM on Saturday and Sunday 10 – 11 May.
Free entry – be there in time!

Expressen Kultur 20140505

100 MIGRATORY was present in today´s cultural part of the evening paper Expressen (swedish):
“…The vessels represent vulnerability at the same time something universal…”
Link to article here


Stulet_nr_60This vessel no.60 is the one stolen from the exhibition with my hundred vessels of glass, 100 MIGRATORY, at the Museum of Västerbotten sometimes before the 16th of March. It is signed with my name and as vessel number 60/100M. The exhibition will end 11th of May 2014.

For you that was there…it is the small vessel right up at the front on the right half of the combined podium-stage (as on photo here below from the opening).
Size of the vessel: 14 cm high x 13 cm diameter.

The theft is investigated by the police.


Photo: Hannie Schut

Radio clip link about the theft here!

Opening night of 100 MIGRATORY

Yes, I know I’m late to update about the opening on the 1st of February 2014 at the Museum om Västerbotten Umeå. However, here it is.

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It is now, when I look at all images from the opening of my exhibition 100 MIGRATORY, I start to realise the grandness of the whole thing. I see people in the photos who attended the opening that I never knew were there. So to all of you I didn’t have the chance to meet: Hallo and thank you for coming!

The opening ceremony started by the Museum director Ulrica Grubbström saying a few words about the exhibition and my book. Then Katarina Rimpi gave us the story of the jojk she performed, a jojk that took some time to get to her. Finally she found the answer sitting in front of the warm fire a cold winterday – Monica´s jojk. I got very emotional listening to Katarina and I had to concentrate for a while at the slideshow on the wall just to avoid getting too “teary” – but it was just so strong. Thank you Katarina, gijtto!

Marika Lagercrantz, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in Berlin Germany, gave a touching speech. Marika was one of the abroad recievers of a vessel of glass part of 100 MIGRATORY and she gave a wonderful story of how it was to recieve and keep the glass in Berlin. She also talked about a few stories from other caretakers of a vessel each; from Jenni in Jokkmokk, Ulf at Palma de Mallorca, from Carin at the Embassy of Sweden in Mali. Finally Marika read a poem by Paulus Utsi and Katarina Rimpi was jojking inbetween lines. I know the two of them didn’t make one rehersal of that final performance they gave, as it was just talked briefly about before the opening ceremony – but their performance was like they had worked together for years! Voilà!

From the innermost corner of my heart I want to say thank you to all who attended the opening and to all of you who believed in me and the power of the hundred vessels of glass.

Listen to Kulturradion Special by Kerstin Berggren, a 20 minutes long radioprogram with many of us present at the opening night of 100 MIGRATORY (in swedish). The interviews start 10:30 min into the program.

Carmen Olsson dancing in 100 MIGRATORY

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When I finally fully experienced the danceperformance by Carmen Olsson amongst the glass- with music by Anders Rimpi – I got tears in my eyes. So strong at the same time so fragile…To be able to do this choreography and dance in response to 100 MIGRATORY in such a fantastic way makes me believe Carmen must be one of the absolute top choreographers and buto dancers in the world.

Read the Review as a pdf Fragile dance in dialogue with art (in Swedish).

If you haven’t seen this performance you should take the oppertunity. There are performances from the 1st of March until the 9th of March 2014 at the Museum of Västerbotten in the exhibition 100 MIGATORY. Book your ticket at Biljettcentrum.

Royal visit @ exhibition 100 MIGRATORY

Royal visit @ exhibition 100 MIGRATORY

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On Friday the 31st of January I had the pleasure to talk the the Swedish Crownprincess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel. I explained the thoughts behind the glass, the vessel and my art work 100 MIGRATORY at the same time media from Sweden and all over the world were there to get some pics of the Royals. The plane from Stockholm was delayed and in the meantime I had to take some photos myself of the media waiting. All other photos by Gunilla Nordlund, Sveriges Radio. Thank you Gunilla!

And if you wonder: Victoria has an injury from the end of last year skiing in the Alps.

On TV – Glass, images and the Royals @ Opening weekend European Capital of Culture

Photo: Pia Sjögren

The Chinese filmcrew wanted a long interview. Photo: Pia Sjögren

German TV Deutsche Welle from Opening ceremony and weekend of Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture – first up in the program. Around 5 minutes into the program you can see what I have been up to as well as the opening of 100 MIGRATORY – not my everyday kind of weekend I must say. Link to TV channel Deutsche Welle Euromaxx. Search program from the 3rd of February 2014 at 4.30PM. A program by Outi Turunen.

Local TV Västerbottensnytt from the 3rd of February – 1 minute into the report

On Radio – cultural program today!!

When I heard this radio program yesterday I started to realise what I have been part of this last opening weekend. Unexpected, unreal and just such a huge positive response for the exhibition 100 MIGRATORY, from all over the world.

Listen to the program (all in Swedish except the interview with the Australian ambassador Gerald Thomson) today Tuesday at 6.15 pm Sveriges Radio P1. It is Kulturradion Special by Kerstin Berggren about the opening weekend of Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture. 100 MIGRATORY review start about 12 minutes into the program and last for 20 minutes! Hear the Swedish actress and Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Swedish embassy in Berlin Germany ,Marika Lagercrantz, who held the opening speech and jojk by Katarina Rimpi as well as Carmen Olsson talking about her danceperformance.

You can also find the radio program here as well as some images of  the Crownprincess Victoria and Prince Daniel when they have a close look at vessel no. 53.

Finally! Exhibition opening on Saturday 1st of February

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Saturday the 1st of February at 2PM

is the opening of my extensive glass art exhibition 100 MIGRATORY at the Museum of Västerbotten, Umeå Sweden. The same opening weekend of Umeå 2014 – European Capital of Culture.  The Cultural counselor from the Swedish embassy in Berlin Marika Lagercrantz is speaking and there will be jojk by the musician Katarina Rimpi.

100 MIGRATORY is exhibited between 1st of February – 11th of May 2014. Welcome!

Link to Umeå2014 and 100 MIGRATORY

Link to blog about 100 MIGRATORY


The dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson (co-working with NorrlandsOperan) will create a performance, as her response to 100 MIGRATORY, that will be staged during the exhibition period. The performance is free but you will need a ticket that you pay a small administration fee for. Book through www.biljettcentrum.com  Remaining tickets are handed out just before the performance at the entrance.

The first performance is already booked out at the opening of 100 MIGRATORY 1st of February at 3PM. There is one extra dance performance at 5PM the same day. More performances by Carmen at the Sami week 1 – 9 March 2014.

Link to NorrlandsOperan and Carmen Olsson dancing in 100 MIGRATORY

Link to Umeå 2014 and Carmen Olsson dancing in 100 MIGRATORY

Today was the day…

…when all the vessels left the workshop and Tärnaby. A beautiful crisp winterday with -27 degress C. After 350 km driving in this most breathtaking winter landscape I came to a tropic Umeå at -15C and left the glass at the Museum of Västerbotten. I also caught a glimps of  work in progress with the exhibition room . It’s going to be good!

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