James A. Reeves is a writer and educator whose fiction and essays examine dignity, beauty, and myth in the digital age. He began researching and writing about ritual and grief following the death of his parents, and recently collaborated with the artist Candy Chang on a mural in Greece called Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image and philosophy. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, explores the mythology of the city. Since 2004, he has taught courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He lives in New Orleans.
faceworld / twitters / instawhatever: @mrjamesreeves
‘I’m interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the dynamics between society and the psyche. After I lost someone I loved, I made the Before I Die participatory public art project, which has since been recreated in over 2,000 cities thanks to passionate people around the world. I’m currently working on a project about grief with James A. Reeves, and Skagaströnd has been a wonderfully contemplative place to cultivate big perspective.’ Website: candychang.com
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Aly Jackson – Visual Artist/Fine Art Photographer. Aly’s work is an eclectic mix of single and layered images which are concerned with the memories held by places and the people within them. Memories are both real and imagined and her pieces reflect a personal, but unspoken narrative with the aim of enabling others to create their own narrative around her work. Alyjackson.com & alyiceland.blogspot.com
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Lucia Gašparovičová from Slovakia writes about her work: “In my artistic work, it is important to get to know a variety of environments. I work with the topic of scale and size and their relationships with observers, users, and also the environment that surrounds them. I am searching for interactions between objects, installation and spectators. I try to set up the description of the borders of interdisciplinary. Micro and macro world, man as the centre and man as a part of the surroundings. Interdisciplinary, from which a new authentic work arises, is essential for me. It is the intersection of art work and architectural elements designed for private as well as public spaces. I work with the theme of material and emotional value of the object. Often I have appropriated elements of daily use, which I rework in precious materials and thereby alter their character, while watching the newly acquired relationship between object and user.” http://luciagasparovicova.blogspot.is/
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Amanda Marsh from Australia says: “The recurring, central theme in my work is the search for passing mental state, intentionality, the ‘qualia’ that phenomenologist philosophers understand to be the only way to attain knowledge of things and events ‘as they are’. I attempt to depict such states visually. Here in Skagaströnd, I am beginning to develop an interest into how we embody constant shifts in light and wind.” http://www.amandamarsh.com.au/
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Michael Coppelov says: “I am a painter who also makes small models and computer animations. These three outputs are all methods I use to obsessively explore the idea of complex systems, interconnectedness and labyrinths as places of unknowable complexity. I usually begin my making small, introverted models using a range of materials, before making paintings of the models. They often contain small units, which tessellate together to create larger, more complex structures. It is this tessellation of small units that my animation explores.”
Michaels’ Website: https://michaelcoppelov.hotglue.me
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Rachel Rozanski is a Canadian artist whose recent works contain themes of natural history, urban biodiversity and decay. Interested in the creative potential of disintegration, she draws objects and organisms that have become unidentifiable. “My work centers around the dramatic rate of biological, geological and material transformations occurring as we enter the Anthropocene. I am interested in how we understand and visualise unpredictable material lifespans or effects.” Her drawings at NES have been inspired by the dramatic environment, extremes in weather and found objects deposited by the ocean.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Gabrielle Carrére from Montreal talks about her ideas: “My work as a set designer leads me to discover scale model and miniature as an artistic medium in its own right. Scale models with the use of miniatures create a sense of distance and an objective point of view. They allow us to see different parts of a whole and maybe then, understand a bit more of the complexity of it. While exploring the themes of exclusion, control, fragility and collectiveness, my sculptures try to represent different facets of social issues with the diversity of materials, characters and structures. They extrapolate the lines of a place and they bring into light the symbolic key elements. ”
Gabrielle’s Website: http://gabriellecarrere.wixsite.com/folio