Katrin Eichmann was born in 1974 in Bochum/Germany, where she still lives today. She knew early on that she wanted to make writing her profession. She studied German language and literature and philosophy in Bochum, Kiel and Hamburg. Katrin’s literary focus is on experimental literature. An e-book and a paperback will be published in 2018. She likes being a resident artist and getting to know the country and its people. www.literaturport.de/Katrin.Eichmann
“I am a Melbourne based print-maker and recent graduate from Australian Catholic University’s Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree. My practice combines traditional printmaking mediums with more contemporary mixed media approaches.
My work explores ritual, the corporeal and the everyday. Through the cathartic processes of recording and printing, I examine concepts of connection, memory, human frailty and intimacy.
During this residency, I will continue my exploration of these themes but will experiment with print making techniques directly in the Icelandic landscape, using the ice as a surface for creating prints. The location of this residency in rural Northern Iceland will give me the opportunity to further explore the body and its relationship to the natural world.”
“Spaces, surfaces, perspectives, reactions and ideas, discoveries inside and outside, in broken or pure colors, with strict lines facing diffuse transitions. Layer by layer, playing and thinking spaces are created.
I draw and make collages to finally transfer what I found to the canvas. I find my inspiration in harbors and squares lying on the water. Comprehensive picture series’ are created.
Works are held in Japan, Lithuania, Denmark and China, and these experiences have shaped my content and way of working. In Iceland, I have discovered working on small paper sculptures, which is another step and a good way for me to tell new stories.”
Resident artist Soohyang Ahn is a writer and photographer, based in Busan, S. Korea. She did not major in art, but she’s always been writing and holding a camera in her hands since she was a child. And now it’s become a job.
Soohyang has a number of essays on the pages of magazines and books through photographs and writings. She is mainly inspired by travel, nature, and solitary scenery. And if life is a novel, it is still believed that travel is close to poetry.
Angela Eastman is an artist and jewelry designer residing in Detroit, Michigan. She works in sculpture, installation, and performance, often collaboratively, to explore the relationships between adaptability, consumption, and a sense of home.
She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA from Colorado College. Angela has participated in residencies and fellowships at Penland School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Talking Dolls, and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in the collections of Duke University, Colorado College, and the University of Arkansas.
Tyler Witzel is a multidisciplinary artist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His past work has seen him utilize a broad range of mediums including film, animation, puppetry, and sculpture.
An avid sketchbook keeper, drawing is always at the core of any project he engages with. Tyler is currently working with drawing and painting exclusively, applying graphic narrative storytelling to single illustrations on paper, using a variety of media.
Taking cues from the local instruments of labour and industry, as well as pondering Icelandic folklore and magic, Tyler is creating visually dissonant works that reflect his perception of how these elements interact and exist in the same space.
“I concern myself with images in the sense of imprints or marks on social and thereby material surfaces.
Sociopolitical and ecological realities cause inequalities, which are the reflected images of our human and emotional defects and are linked to all sorts of social restraints.
In working in public art I am interested in the process of appropriating public spaces.
Who occupies them? When and for whatever reason? The ecological conditions on our planet have especially been of concern in my work in recent years. In my work, an aesthetic image often serves as an image of our ecological drama.
My work is a reflection of what I observe and address to the viewer.”
E.H. Thatcher received his MFA from Chatham University, where he served as the Margaret Whitford Fellow. His work has recently appeared in Heron Tree, Weatherbeaten, Soul-Lit and Up North Lit. While in Skagaströnd, he hopes to complete the manuscript for his first book of poetry.
Alana Celii is a photo editor and photographer based in New York. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design with her BFA in 2009, and is currently an editor at The New York Times. Her photographs have been exhibited in group shows in the US and abroad.