Artist in Residence – Sophie Meehan
‘I’m a fiction writer, poet and illustrator from Dublin, Ireland. While at NES I have been working on a novel, as well as writing poems and creating handmade illustrated zines. I’ve been here for nearly three months and am coming to the end of my time in Skagaströnd. I really love it here and I hope to come back to Iceland in the future. I’ve been fascinated with the life here including the lives of the birds; the black shag who looks like he’s praying when he dries his wings on the rock, and the hardy ducks who surf those huge waves in the sea!’ https://sophiemeehan.wordpress.com
Twitter is @someehan
‘I’m a graphic artist from New Zealand with a main medium of monochromatic fine-line drawing. My drawings are evolving constantly. They often are of a busy nature, simple & minimal, architectural, comic or surreal. I am inspired by nature, traveling, buildings, everyday occurrences, plants, space, people and the ocean. One of my goals is to engage the viewer through random associations between perspective and objects. Here I incorporate 2D with 3D images. Another goal is to continue (and expand) the creation of imaginary worlds with the use of lines, dashes, dots and shading to give depth.I am also interested in undertaking “free drawing”, in which I am allowed to draw free & abstract in order to try free myself from artistic convention. Currently I am investigating the idea of repetition, comic illustration and video’.
Zoey Hart is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, traveler and collaborator living with chronic autoimmunity. Combining traditional drawing techniques with alternative printmaking, meditation, and fiber-based collage, Hart’s work challenges perceptions of imperfection—environmental, social, and organic — through the collection and manipulation of images and found environmental materials.
EMPATHY SUIT: (pictured below) Handmade from Portuguese wool, and hand-dyed from a selection of Portugese onions and other produce.
A project with it’s roots at de Liceiras artist community in Porto, Portugal, I have worked tirelessly to complete the suit at NES. EMPATHY SUIT provides a visual/tactile metaphor for the multi-sensory experience of chronic illness and chronic pain. A diverse network of interconnected knots, the suit mimics lines of connectivity and sensory awareness which can bring us closer to, or isolate us from our own bodies, surrounding communities, and the world at large.
“I make work in response to particular places, often in remote areas, and am particularly drawn to the sea, islands and the extreme reaches of land. I’m interested in looking at the history and memory of different places, and exploring that in my work. I’m attracted to areas and buildings that are quietly unsettling, and much of my work explores the built or industrial environment in the landscape. I work across several disciplines including painting, drawing, installation and sculpture, and have made installations in a WWI boat shed, an abandoned street light depot and an old Victorian prison building.” www.rhonataylor.co.uk / www.facebook.com/rhonataylorart
Baindu D. Kalokoh is a native Brooklynite who loves storytelling through the use of dance, theatre, poetry and music. Her family’s cultural influences, coupled with the diversity of New York City, have shaped her artistic lens. She has written award winning plays, directed numerous performances and danced professionally with several companies. She is excited about her residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. The research library is the perfect setting for productivity. While at Nes, she plans to complete two full length plays. Website: http://therealbaindu.com/
Opið hús @ Nes Listamiðstöð Lau 25.feb, kl. 15.00-17.00
At 20.00 in Bjarmanes Café the artists will perform a play, read stories, poetry and play the accordian (harmonica). Local residents who would like to perform or present a reading in icelandic or english come along and join in the fun!
Allir eru velkomnir!
‘I am interested in the relationship between how Iceland is perceived from an outsider and how the Icelandic identify themselves and their country, as well as the role that photography plays in cultivating the image of Iceland.
In response to the romantic image of Iceland, I am focusing on the familiar and the banal. I am drawn towards simple shapes, patterns and events within the landscape which often go unnoticed.
This project offers an alternative representation of Iceland (from the perspective of an outsider) which goes beyond the clichéd images often used as propaganda in tourist brochures.’
James A. Reeves is a writer and educator whose fiction and essays examine dignity, beauty, and myth in the digital age. He began researching and writing about ritual and grief following the death of his parents, and recently collaborated with the artist Candy Chang on a mural in Greece called Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image and philosophy. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, explores the mythology of the city. Since 2004, he has taught courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He lives in New Orleans.
faceworld / twitters / instawhatever: @mrjamesreeves
‘I’m interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the dynamics between society and the psyche. After I lost someone I loved, I made the Before I Die participatory public art project, which has since been recreated in over 2,000 cities thanks to passionate people around the world. I’m currently working on a project about grief with James A. Reeves, and Skagaströnd has been a wonderfully contemplative place to cultivate big perspective.’ Website: candychang.com