ROSE DRAPER talks to us about her work at Nes: “I undertake Artist Residencies as a way of feeding my creativity and replenishing my mind, body and soul. I am coming from a design and 2D animation background, and in Skagaströnd I am undertaking my first writing residency in tandem with creative writing studies. Here for a month, I’m not sure what will emerge, or what form it will take, but working in this beautiful environment, I’m certain it will be creative. Please see my website: http://junglerose.com(which is still under construction) for more details of my work.”
Artist-in-residence ANNETTE SEEMAN has worked as an artist for 30 years and is represented in major national collections in Australia and abroad. Her current studio practice employs photo media print processes. The use of slices and sections of imagery, enables an unexpected set of visual relationships, somewhere between reality and representation.
“My work, anchored in the practice of drawing, examines memory, myth, and personal and imagined histories in relationship to natural places. During my time at Skagastrond, I am exploring the different ways in which we map real and imagined geographies on top of each other, how we insinuate ourselves into the landscape and try to feel it as home. My work is centered on how an outsider might come to experience and learn a new place through direct interaction with the elements of the landscape itself, wind, water, and earth.”
Ron Linn is an artist based in Eugene, Oregon, where he is pursuing his MFA in Studio Arts. You can see more of his work at ronlinnportfolio.comand follow his Skagastrond adventures at his blog, notesfromanortherntown.blogspot.com
A Summer Evening of Entertainment at Nes Listamiðstöð 28 júlí, kl 17.00-20.00. Meet at the beach (Víkina) at 17.00 for a dance performance by Alexandra Elliott, then make your way to the church for two individual performances by Kleb Kanasevich on clarinet and Simon Petersson, piano and vocals. Then off to Nes studios to see the rest of the works. All welcome!
GEORGE SPICA – Tue 26 July, 19.00-21.00 in the Freezer
My name is George Spica, an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and performance. My work is concerned with the performative potential of the body, as well as, more recently, synthetic projections of that potential through geographical space. I find industry to be an incredibly beautiful and straightforward way of looking at the physical expressions, and desires, of the human body. By this notion, my practice aims to elucidate the romance present in mechanics and functional aesthetics by creating distilled, protracted experiences thereof.
Tuesday night’s show in the Nes Freezer (7-9pm) will be an installation comprising various sculptures and digital video projections, all works made during my time at the Nes Residency. Each work was made in relation to the next; the products of an ongoing practice exploring the romantic qualities of industrial materials. The pieces on display are, in a broad sense, material compositions belonging to many industrial and mechanical lineages brought into the context of a gallery for the sake of examining physical desire through objective analysis.
While here at NES, Leah Pantea has been enamored with paradoxes and has been exploring that concept in her work. She layers on thin wash-like layers of oil paint onto paper-creating a dynamic abstract landscape of geometric structures and organic forms, only to paint over everything with layers of white paint. This process allows shadows and hints of what was to peek through, causing the viewer to both imagine it full of marks and also entirely empty. Leah will be creating at NES through September, then continue home to San Diego, California. See more of her work at http://llpfineart.com/
ADDOLEY DZEGEDE is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist currently based in St Louis, Missouri. Her practice is idea-driven and mixed media, investigating notions of belonging, home, location and identity. Most recently, she has been interested in textile processes and is creating natural dyes from plant materials found in and around Skagaströnd.
ANNE MARIE MICHAUD is a multi-disciplinary, studio artist based in Montreal. Through drawing, painting, sculpture and video, she continually explores themes related to the human body, more specifically investigating the body as a pathway to understanding not only her own identity and life experiences, but also as the primary means to accessing the world outside of ourselves. The principal subject of her research at Nes has been teeth and the parallels that can be drawn between them and the landscape. With local materials, she has used drawing and sculpture as a means to create a dialogue between the idiosyncratic nature of teeth and the topographical and geological aspects of the Skagi Peninsula.