ROSE DRAPER talks to us about her work at Nes: “I undertake Artist Residencies as a way of feeding my creativity and replenishing my mind, body and soul. I am coming from a design and 2D animation background, and in Skagaströnd I am undertaking my first writing residency in tandem with creative writing studies. Here for a month, I’m not sure what will emerge, or what form it will take, but working in this beautiful environment, I’m certain it will be creative. Please see my website: http://junglerose.com(which is still under construction) for more details of my work.”
Artist-in-residence ANNETTE SEEMAN has worked as an artist for 30 years and is represented in major national collections in Australia and abroad. Her current studio practice employs photo media print processes. The use of slices and sections of imagery, enables an unexpected set of visual relationships, somewhere between reality and representation.
PAM POSEY – “I look to the landscape of stones, geology and topology as source material for my paintings and drawings. My interest in the natural world is speculative and based on a sense of alienation from the familiar. An ongoing project, Stone Dislocations, began at NES in 2012 and continued to expand during a 2013 NES residency and a Wildfjords backpacking residency in the Westfjords in August 2014. During the current residency, I am focusing on a close study of Lava stones and exploring multiple ways to depict, describe and assign attributes to this most common and ubiquitous Icelandic rock.”
For more information about Pam’s work please see below: Pamposey.com
“My work, anchored in the practice of drawing, examines memory, myth, and personal and imagined histories in relationship to natural places. During my time at Skagastrond, I am exploring the different ways in which we map real and imagined geographies on top of each other, how we insinuate ourselves into the landscape and try to feel it as home. My work is centered on how an outsider might come to experience and learn a new place through direct interaction with the elements of the landscape itself, wind, water, and earth.”
Ron Linn is an artist based in Eugene, Oregon, where he is pursuing his MFA in Studio Arts. You can see more of his work at ronlinnportfolio.comand follow his Skagastrond adventures at his blog, notesfromanortherntown.blogspot.com
A Summer Evening of Entertainment at Nes Listamiðstöð 28 júlí, kl 17.00-20.00. Meet at the beach (Víkina) at 17.00 for a dance performance by Alexandra Elliott, then make your way to the church for two individual performances by Kleb Kanasevich on clarinet and Simon Petersson, piano and vocals. Then off to Nes studios to see the rest of the works. All welcome!
Alexandra has been blogging about her experience.
“Today I will meet the new July artists and all the other artists I hope. I’m living in a home with nine of them. I awoke early and had a quiet morning to myself. Most of the artists here at the Nes Residency share an open concept space in an old fishing warehouse. My studio is the community hall and it is only shared by me and my busy mind. I look forward to entering the space and making it my own. This process generally takes me two to three days. I have to stare at the geometry of the room and become adjusted to the level of privacy, aspects of light, areas where I can create movement, and where I’m going to set certain things up.Then I often do one improvisation and shortly afterwards find myself in a cocoon in a cozy corner somewhere shifting nothing but my eyes. During this cocoon phase I feel overwhelmed, paralyzed, and worried that I’m a failure. All you loving worriers can relax, it’s just a process. Because then I emerge as a beautiful butterfly and prance around the room creating masterpiece after masterpiece!!! Just kidding. That’s what it looked like when I was four and we danced around with long colourful silk scarves.”
GEORGE SPICA – Tue 26 July, 19.00-21.00 in the Freezer
My name is George Spica, an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance. My work is concerned with the performative potential of the body, as well as, more recently, synthetic projections of that potential through geographical space. I find industry to be an incredibly beautiful and straightforward way of looking at the physical expressions, and desires, of the human body. By this notion, my practice aims to elucidate the romance present in mechanics and functional aesthetics by creating distilled, protracted experiences thereof.
Tuesday night’s show in the Nes Freezer (7-9pm) will be an installation comprising various sculptures and digital video projections, all works made during my time at the Nes Residency. Each work was made in relation to the next; the products of an ongoing practice exploring the romantic qualities of industrial materials. The pieces on display are, in a broad sense, material compositions belonging to many industrial and mechanical lineages brought into the context of a gallery for the sake of examining physical desire through objective analysis.
While here at NES, Leah Pantea has been enamored with paradoxes and has been exploring that concept in her work. She layers on thin wash-like layers of oil paint onto paper-creating a dynamic abstract landscape of geometric structures and organic forms, only to paint over everything with layers of white paint. This process allows shadows and hints of what was to peek through, causing the viewer to both imagine it full of marks and also entirely empty. Leah will be creating at NES through September, then continue home to San Diego, California. See more of her work at http://llpfineart.com/
ADDOLEY DZEGEDE is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in St Louis, Missouri. Her practice is idea-driven and mixed media, investigating notions of belonging, home, location and identity. Most recently, she has been interested in textile processes and is creating natural dyes from plant materials found in and around Skagaströnd.