Artist in Residence – Agnieszka Rowinska

Agnieszka Rowinska graduated in 2016 from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting led by Prof. Jarosław Modzelewski.
The most significant aspect of the artist’s works is the topic itself. Only after this is decided on, does the artist consider the way of presenting it. Due to this creative process, her portfolio combines various different art media and techniques.
During the Nes Residency, Agnieszka plans to work with the topic of death. This study will work as means to help her tackle the fear of death- to tame this topic and make death less traumatic. As a base for it Agnieszka has chosen a passage from Revelation and will try to interpret it in more gentle way.

Artist in Residence – Aaron Palabyab

Aaron Palabyab is a film and video director, cameraman, time-lapse shooter, and an award-winning landscape and night sky photographer. Born and raised and living his entire life in Manila, he seeks imagery that expresses a longing to reconnect with what those of us who have known nothing but cities have lost: connection to nature, intimacy with awe, and the wonder of a time before our lights dimmed our stars.
At the same time, he is keen to explore the physical and emotional impact of a radical change in weather and setting as he spends his first winter anywhere in the world here at Nes. Aside from photography, he will be shooting video and time-lapse and will be writing for film during his time here.

You can find his work at – and






WRITER in Residence – Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer is a writer living in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the author of two books: Bicycling beyond the Divide,  a nonfiction travel narrative, and Where We Land, a collection of short fictional stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish ReviewHayden’s Ferry Review, and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

“I write to break through the chaotic maelstrom of my mind. Maelstrom: a powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. I write to stop it, to slow it down, organize those objects in a way that makes sense. In writing, I move from chaos to order. From this order, on my best days, I skirt the edges of peace and feel its cold spray on my face. I write to remember: to place my feet on the ground of the past, look around me and wonder at who I once was, who I am now. I write in hopes that my words will provoke thought or memories in readers.

For me, the writing process begins not on the page, but in awareness: of the sensory details that surround us, of the way that stories inhabit our lives, of our own thoughts, ideas and memories. Some of the best training I received for writing was in photography school, where the eye was trained to notice all the nuances of light and to frame details from close-up to a wider view.

In my recent writing, I have been examining more closely the role of setting and how it works not as backdrop to character’s lives, but as central to how they live, and how they perceive the world. A lot of my work is also fueled by an insatiable fascination with cultural geography, history, and identity. I believe writing—like all art–can help us all understand human connections, with the natural world, with the culture that surrounds us, and with each other.”
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Artist in Residence – Emilie Slater

Emilie Slater is a filmmaker and curator originally from Philadelphia. Her work centers on themes of work, time and ethnography. Her projects remains heavily influenced by her experience as a community organizer and graduate work in labor relations. Drawing from neo-political and feminist critical theory, she sees film as a means to explore how reality can be translated beyond the confines of positivism. Her arrangements are loosely thematic and hold an affinity for repetition and synchronized rhythm all rooted in the analog tradition.

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Still from ‘Hammer and Nails’
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Artist in REsidence – Tom R.M.

Tom R.M.  has worked more than a quarter century as an art-photographer.  Based in the countryside near the second biggest island of Germany, Usedom, he is addicted to the sea and the coast. His main projects are based on the landscapes were he is living or traveling to.  Expressive Black-and-white photos, seascapes and coast lines, structures and pattern in nature, in all scales and is a never ending source for his work.

The time in Skagaströnd  Tom R.M.  continues his longterm study of the landscape in Iceland in all seasons and the magic of the fast changing light and collecting studies of forms, colors and sounds for later collages and prints.




Opið Hus – September 2017

September Opið hús!  Friday 22nd @ the convenient time of 16.00-18.00. 😉 Come by after work, and start off your weekend with some very interesting & well spoken humans sharing their world with you. 🌎 If the weather is good to us…there is going to be a home-made ceramic oven/kiln, that will fire sculptures outside. !

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Artist in Residence – Pham, Minh Duc

Basically they’re used to explore the environment, learn their lyrics  well and understand their role in that ongoing performance on stage.  It is a kind of romantic reciprocity between them and the world, being  worth it to think about those relations, their potentials and risks.  The interaction is an inevitable symbiosis regarding to each other’s  existence. Eventually, they try to collect their own impressions and  consciously position themselves on a stage which belongs to all of us.

What is my phrase? Where is my company? Who’s writing my lyrics and  whose drama is it within I am finding myself on stage?
So many questions arise but at least there is a first answer:
‘They’ is me and me is Pham, Minh Duc, a queer Vietnamese Conceptual  artist based in Berlin.


Rose-coloured spectacles (He changed.)


Artists in Residence – Meaghan Bissett and Selina Latour

Having recently graduated from NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, Canada, both Meaghan Bissett and Selina Latour (collaborative duo) have developed a bold and colourful language for artistic ‘play’. They are interested in personal practices or movements within a landscape, working within communities and creating site-specific work. The two practice both independently and together in painting, textiles, performance, installation, video, and fluxus. Their practice is free and thoughtful, giving space to slow movements and meditations. Language, womanhood, companionship, support and environment are critical parts of all our daily lives- this collaboration recognizes the importance in paying attention to these every day moments.
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Artist in Residence – Ada Pilar Cruz

Ada Pilar Cruz is an artist from New York, her work is predominantly sculptural clay in Installation, and printmaking.
‘I came to Nes for two months to think and write and sketch out or create sculptural maquettes toward new work. I create figure sculptures and place them in shrine installation.  My idea for working at Nes was to develop the installation part further.  The first day I was in the studio, next to the edge of a fjord along the rocks, I found huge kelp leaves that wash up on the shore. The seaweed was bundled and tangled and clung to itself and to rocks.  
I could not resist bringing this back to the studio to look at and study them.  The leaves feel like leather – very stretchable, incredibly strong, but also quite slimy.  
As the leaves dry, they curl and twist and shrink 40% – it reminded me of abaca and flax paper pulp, so I boiled and mashed the leaves for pulp.  I made paper.  The paper shrank so intensely that it would not keep any form resembling a sheet of paper, rather, they look like nests.  Further, I noticed how brittle the leaves upon drying were as was the paper.  
Not successful with paper as such, I decided to flatten, stretch over wire, roll, hang, glue the leaves to create forms.  The leaves would dry beautifully and translucent though brittle. Yet, if I hung a leaf with three pounds of stone to form a curve or fold, the leaf would have the strength to carry that weight no matter it being dry.
 Every morning, rain or shine, I walk along the rocky shore and gather the kelp I can work with for the day.  I have stretched, printed, molded this material.  The material is so alive.  When I get back to my NY studio I will have the challenge of finding huge kelp leaves because most certainly they will find a way into my installations.

Artist in Residence – Katie Ione Craney

Katie Ione Craney is a mixed media artist from Haines, Alaska. Her work deals with loss, survival, and deciphering change in the northern landscape. Working primarily on small sheets of scrap metal, she applies textiles, photographs, line drawings, and silver leaf with encaustic hot wax.
While at NES, Katie is focusing on a series representing transboundary river and mining issues near her home in Southeast, Alaska. She is also experimenting with local materials such as wool, fishing debris, and various found objects. Visit
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