Lou Molesworth is an artist based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
Her multidisciplinary practice focuses on themes of trauma, vulnerability, grief and empathy. She has used her time at Nes to pursue these themes through the lens of the esoteric and the liminal.
Skagaströnd and Iceland have provided a safe environment to begin accepting her love of spirituality and to weave it into her work. Doorways have opened.
Judit Sánchez Velasco is an Artist and Environmentalist born in Barcelona. A two-year journey across Southeast Asia, Oceania and Central America, and Kala Khoj Artist Residency in the experimental evolving township of Auroville, India, made her conscious of the conflicts between a society based on economic growth and its natural limits.
Defined by an interdisciplinary and experimental approach, the artist’s practice spans across installation work and conceptual documentary while strives to evoke reflection upon mankind’s conflicting relationship with the natural ecosystem.
At Nes, Judit finds herself in deep connection with the environment while producing two main bodies of work: ‘Sendas Cósmicas \ I’ and ’Sonorous Dissonance’. ‘Sendas Cósmicas \ I’ explores the notions of mankind’s earthly bond through a variety of cosmic collection pathways found in the Icelandic landscape, whereas ‘Sonorous
Dissonance’ interrogates by way of sound the ecological dissociation observed through the course of her crossing across the endangered Darien Gap earlier this year.
David McDonough is a painter and high school teacher living in Queens, NY. His paintings tend to float somewhere between the abstract and the representational, where a repeated cast of characters and a repeated cast of paint moves combine to create images that address natural motifs, problems of humanity, and the condition of the unknown.
His interest in birds, nature, poetry, and science, is often evident in his painting imagery. Perhaps equally evident is his interest in the painting process, and the joy he finds in art making that takes us just beyond the borders of our intellectual lives.
During his time at Nes he plans to look at mountains, to look at birds, and to spend time by moving water.
Follow him on Instagram @dedume.
Kevin is an experimental filmmaker whose work centers around themes of memory, travel, dissociation and grief.
While at NES, Kevin is working on a screenplay and sound design. The film takes place on a plane as the narrator travels through space and time, remembering everything that has happened since his late father’s death that has lead him to where is going now. https://vimeo.com/kevinprince
Jee Soo Shin is a Korean composer who currently splits her time between writing contemporary music and undergoing inter-disciplinary projects, crossing into the realms of performance art and avant-garde experiments.
Her interests span around the issues of originality and plagiarism and embodies borrowed material in her works as a way of displaying satire directed at various value systems regarding how intellectual material is being treated.
During her time in NES, she is working on a piece for a large ensemble commissioned by the city of Inje, South Korea, to be premiered in October.
Nuala Gorman is from Ireland. She is on a one month residency here at Nes.
While here, she is working with the environment experimenting with alternative printmaking such as cyanotype, rust and eco printing.
Her subject interest is in migration and emigration. Here in Skagastrond she has the opportunity to observe the Icelandic culture while making connections and links with Ireland and Iceland.
My name is Astrid Welburn and I live and work in Zurich, Switzerland. I am working at NES during the whole of July 2019.
My interests cover border areas. I like to explore my own and foreign limitations, the abysses of human representation and their metamorphosis into new beings. Currently my favourite media are video, performance and installations.
At NES, I am experimenting with performative elements for my video about travelling in connection with the ecological footprint.
To transfer the message I create headgears from synthetic material, from found or given stuff. The translation of the message will find its way from head to feet or the other way round.
“I am Maureen Colomar, from Lyon, France and I am working at Nes for one month. In my process I ask the drawing practice and the landscape representation.
I try to find a conceptual way to represent the landscapes that I see or experiment. I usually use my photos and sketches as a puzzle or collage to compose my images. The final work might be a drawing on paper, on wall, or an installation….
I came in Nes to experiment with the Icelandic landscape. This time, my final work might be a narrative project where I match drawings as a story-board.”
“Wool did it to me. I do not like crocheting or knitting, but I like working with felt. So far, I’ve used felt to create sculptures of heads. Special characters.
Here, in Skagaströnd, a foot was created, a foot with a seagull`s wing, as well as some objects with lost items from the beach.
The next work will be a white cave made of Icelandic wool, which is especially silky. Creating a cavity is a challenge.
This will be followed by a 2×2 meter large relief in black and white, for a performance.”
Verena Romanens is an artist from Zurich who works with drawing, painting, and collage, mostly in larger formats.
While in Iceland, she’s drawing inspiration from her natural surroundings – the landscape, clouds, the sky – as well as from Icelandic culture.
Her projects at Nes will gather and express those elements in small pieces, which she’ll take back to Zurich with her. Once there, she’ll give them new life by working them into larger contexts, shapes, or installations.