Alexia Brehas is an artist and designer who specialises in fine ink drawings comprised of tens of thousands of dots, as well as delicate metal engraving work. Her practice is grounded upon consideration to detail, and precise mark-making. Alexia works within a consciously limited world of black and white, which allows her to create dynamic portraits by focusing purely on tone. Folklore and myth underpin Alexia’s work, however upon commencing her residency with Nes, her practice shifted to a narrow focus of portraits only. During her stay, she intends to explore the possibilities of portrait work in varying scales and compositions, in an attempt to capture and reflect the warmth of the community in Skagaströnd and the people she meets along the way.
Instagram & Twitter: @alexiabrehas
Dao Strom writes in a hybrid form of poetry, memoir, music & multimedia. Her partner Kyle Macdonald collaborates with her on video and other visual & installation elements. Together, they’ve explored projection and imagery involving wings, triangles, and paper-boxes.
Dao’s books include an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, accompanied by a multimedia song-cycle, East/West, and two books of fiction. She has a forthcoming bilingual (Vietnamese/English) poetry book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, to be published by Ajar Press in 2018.
You can see more of Dao’s Nes residency reflections on her instagram: @herandthesea and also link to her multi-media work here: : http://www.poetrynw.org/dao-strom-flower-diatribe-1/ and just released work here: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/episodes/1905/
Tom Farthing is a painter from London. His work is concerned with re-imagining figurative painting in a contemporary context. During his month at NES he has mainly been making drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from the landscape in and around Skagaströnd, and hopes to develop more work from his research on his return to London. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and landscape. Previous bodies of work have developed out of collage, found photographs and most recently still lives. Examples of his work can be seen at www.tomfarthing.co.uk and http://www.zimmerstewart.co.uk/tom-farthing
Laura Kaye is a writer from London. Her first novel, a satire of rural England as seen through the eyes of a woman from Slovakia, plays with themes of gender, queerness and identity. She is working on her second book which is about her growing fascination with Germany after the discovery of her German ancestry and her attempts to write a historical novel about a league of teenage hikers in Berlin in 1912. http://www.laura-f-c-kaye.com/
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 Review, Hayden’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.”
Links to examples of work –https://gingerbreadhouselitmag.com/2015/04/29/the-chestnut-trees-the-wishing-well/ http://gristonlinecompanion.com/daryl-farmer-2/
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.
GoodNight’s Sleep Western Mass Microcinima