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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Artist in Residence – Zoey Hart

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.

Instagram: @littlestnoodle
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As a Nes resident, artists sometimes have the opportunity to design and teach creative workshops within the community and at the local schools. Below you can see some of the workshops that Nes artists have presented.

Nes Artist in residence from the UK, Rhona Taylor visited FNV in March 2017 for a workshop and presentation.  The workshop explored what makes an artwork an installation, with participants looking at and discussing work by different international artists. They then looked at an exhibition held in an old Victorian prison that Rhona had been involved in, and the workshop participants all designed their own cell-sized installations, with some really exciting results. They then looked at how they could use the space around them to create a three-dimensional drawing installation in the workshop classroom.











In November 2016 students from FNV visited Vicki O’Shea’s studio in Sauðárkrókur and participated in a hands on monoprinting workshop.

IMG_4453Vicki  explaining what is a monoprint and showing a few examples.IMG_4459Easiest way to develop an understanding of the process is to have a go!IMG_4463Inked plates ready for the drawing process.IMG_4457Once the students were happy with their images they roll the plate through the press, picking up the image they created from the plate and transferring it to paper.

IMG_4466And then admire the results!


Claire Paugam artist in residence at NES and Alexandra Litaker artist and instructor at the College of Northwest Iceland collaborated on the creation of two workshops in 2016 for students of visual art in the Department of New Visions in Technology and Creativity.  The workshops were held over the course of one week and engaged with photography and its relation to sutainability and perspective as part of the class curriculum in visual art. This collaboration was enriching as it provided the artists and students with the opportunity to share insights into photography to have a dialogue about how to read an image.



How do I make it last? The aim of the first workshop was to look at sustainability thru the question “How do I make it last?” Together with the students we analysed a wide range of photographs from artists whose work deals with the question “How do I make it?” Among the artists included were Sophie Calle, Edward Ruscha, and Roni Horn. The aim of this first session was to actively practice observation and to discuss with the students the way the composition of the photographs relates to their meaning. The students then had the assignment to answer the question through their own photographic project. The results were later presented and discussed. The students also remade one of the photographs presented in order to better understand the subtleties of composition and meaning making.IMG_4494IMG_4473

How do you see me? The second workshop engaged the question How do you see me? We looked at photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, and Murimora and discussed how perspective relates to composition and meaning making. The students were given the assignment of answering the question “How do you see me?” through a series of photographs that should be in some way portraits. The students also remade one of the photographs presented in order to better understand the subtleties of composition and meaning making.


Claire also revisited the class in January 2017

For the Portfolio Class Claire used her background in graphic design to present a lecture on Portfolio design in which she examined all aspects of layout and typeface.  For her second visit  she and I  collaborated on a project  to engage the students in the theme “Where am I from”  that will be a part of their final work for Portfolio.

In the class Three Dimensional Art and Design, Claire and I collaborated to create a class investigating how artists work with different materials and approaches to create sculpture.  This class centered around in depth discussion and examination of contemporary sculpture.

It was a great experience for the students to have Claire return to the classroom this semester.  It gave them a sense of continuity and expanded their sense of the classroom to include other spaces in a similar way to what they will be doing in their projects.

Sarah Cowan (Canada) visual artist who specialises in paper sculpture presented a paper cutting workshop.




Ana Armengod (Mexico) presented the Gifted Egg Project to FNV students for a special weekend workshop. Ana explains  that The Gifted Egg Project ” consists of me making really detailed and time consuming pointillism drawings on eggshells and I give them as a gift, then I ask the person to break them, in front of me and I document their reactions, they never want to break the eggs, they are overcome with emotions, anxiety of breaking something I worked so hard on, and then wanting to keep it. It’s an exercise in letting go, and making things about experience and not possessions”.






Penny Bovell renowned artist/painter from Western Australia presented the workshop Inventing and Translating Colour to  FNV students and discussed the question how can colour theory help an artist or designer?





Wind Flower workshop presented to FNV students and local community by Japanese artist Masumi Yamauchi at our February Open studio event.



Nes artists Outi Kallio (Finland), Brian Cheung (Australia) and Charal Hatfield (USA) presented a 3 hr drawing and 3D paper sculpture workshop to the students in the unit  Sjónlist 1-Introduction to Visual Art -drawing at FNV.

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