Artist in Residence – Iwona Knorr

Iwona Knorr is a photographer based in Germany. She works mainly on long term projects exploring the human condition. Her prominent and internationally recognised project about the fishermen on the Rugen Island in Germany was published as a photobook in 2014. During her stay in Skagaströnd she explores the background of the intimate tie between Icelanders and their natural environment. She states: “While taking portraits of genuine Icelanders I sensed a kind of a mystical aura around them. They spoke about lights they have seen in the nearby cliffs and people like us living there. They are supposed to be stones during the day and become alive after sunset. At twilight I approached the cliffs deliberately and cautious watching for humanlike signs. I believe I have seen some of them.”




Artist in Residence – Marian Reid

Marian Reid is a writer who works globally with communities to tell stories. Her creative work is informed by place, people and culture.She is interested in tracing traditional practices in modern times, curious about the past life of buildings in strange places, and always seeking stories that shape the identity of a community. At NES, she has been working on a series of poems and short


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Oliver Hutchison

Oliver Hutchison is engaged in an exploration of the interconnectedness of the human and nonhuman and the relationship between human activity, ecology, time and space. Working across a deliberately diverse set of media incorporating photography, video, sculpture, sound and interactive machine making he creates works which aim to break down and invert the distinctions between artist, artwork and audience.

The unpredictability that arises from the complexity of human relations with the nonhuman is central to Oliver’s investigations and by outsourcing his hand into the unpredictable activities of living organisms, the environment and technological processes Oliver is directly engaged with chance as a means to undermine the notion of human self-sufficiency and moral self-determination.


Artist in Residence – Kailum Graves

Kailum Graves is an emerging Australian artist critically obsessed with the artifactual digital object. He works predominantly in the medium of photography and within the sphere of the photographic process, including large-scale video installations. His practice reflects the influence of technology on the photographic medium and sits resolutely within the context of future movements of contemporary photography. Kailum utilised his time at Nes researching and developing his professional practice. He kept a visual journal of research projects and rough workings:

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Artists in Residence – Laura Cruz and Alejandro Rodriguez

‘We are Laura and Alejandro, scenic artists,  from Guadalajara, México. We like to create taking the body and it´s possibilities as the starting point in the making of our own language. We have a theatre group in México called “Paralelo Teatro” that mixes dance, theatre and other physical disciplines in it´s work.
In Iceland we are working on a new piece for the group taking the subject of exile, and exploring the possibilities of speech and movement.’





Artist in Residence – Caroline Lithgart

‘I’m a Dutch writer working here in Nes on my 5th book. A story about a woman who is told she’s got 3 more months to live. She arranges everything: does her bucket list, stops her subscriptions on magazines and papers, quits her job, makes her will, organizes her funeral. She is ready for it. But she just doesn’t die.
And then the story begins… 

Louise withdraws herself little by little from daily life, and starts living during the night. The night doesn’t belong to anybody. The night is more gentle than the daytime. Nothing is over exposed, less questions are asked.

She starts talking to strangers via intercoms. She wakes them up with her questions about life. People appreciate these conversations, and she becomes more and more popular. But still there is a longing.
Nobody knows who she is. And she herself doesn’t know it either any more. How to give life meaning when the count down has already begun?
What stays is the quest for contact. But can contact be regarded as meaningful if you don’t see the people you’re talking to? If everything is indirect? Confessions made through a intercom horn? When can one speak of real contact?
Read Falling time to get the answers. 😉


Artist in Residence – Sophie Meehan

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!’
Twitter is @someehan

Artist in Residence – Tarn Watkinson

‘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’.
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