“In my practice, I depart from my own experience within care work, and my work results in films, photography, video installations, or interactive performances. The question of care as a commodity is at the center of my practice. Born in Sweden, 1988, I’m originally a filmmaker with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Valand Academy, Gothenburg. For this trip, I got a travel grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee to come here and work with my project ‘Caring with Force’.
During my two months stay at NES residency I’m researching Icelandic Psychiatric Care and their alternative to restraint-belts within forced care for my current project. While staying here I also collect stones, take walks in the wind, and every day I take a picture of the everchanging ocean.”
“in Skagastrond I played, I loved, I got lost and changed. I definitely didn’t expect to have such a meaningful time. Iceland for me is an unbelievable place with such different rules of nature that are as far as can be from my home country Israel.
Here, the clouds are low, the light is changing constantly, the air is cold, and the trees are replaced by infinite fields of grass and stone.
The residency was for me a time of contemplation and I loved being surrounded by such an amazing group of fellow artists.”
Above image – collaborative work with Almar Freyr.
Yam is a designer and artist based in Jerusalem. In her works she integrates illustration, animation and graphic design.
She is passionate about interactive installations and always trying to search for wonderment. She enjoys being playful and exploring new technologies and is feeling uneasy about climate change (yet optimistic!)”
Iceland seems like a dream for me. The sharp-shaped forms because of the special light, the empty spaces all around, the large wilderness, the omnipresence of water.
Walking every day along the shore, often barefoot in lava sand, watching the various flotsam, the changing faces of the sea, of light, of wilderness. Listening to the excited birds, the changing sounds of water, a new amazing sight every day…strong emotions.
What I often tried before: getting even closer to the gifts and secrets of water – waterfalls , lakes, glaciers, mountain creeks or the unrestrained sea – I am experiencing more on this wild, demanding, enigmatic island.
Once I wrote into my diary: ...I am longing and stuck in this indescribable search. This power in the water, continuity, the incessant motion, the loud, the mighty, something sounding like music – eternities.
You can see more at http://therese-eisenmann.com/overview.html Born 1953 in Gosau, a small village in the Austrian Alps Lives in Neumarkt/Mühlkreis 1977Diploma HS of Applied Arts in Linz Many prizes for her special technique in IRON ENGRAVINGS 2018 Heinrich Gleißner Price for Visual Arts Exhibitions in Austria, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland This stay in Iceland is supported by the Upper Austrian Government.
The experience of surroundings and richness of natural environments, ever changing in time and space is my primary motive. The ancient and the temporary, shifting between mineral at a closeup level and climate at a bigger scale, I see nature and environment as a responsive space in which we are communicating through our actions.
Using the present to reflect upon the temporary and the timeless, I use photography, drawing, painting through mixing the media and make large scale assemblages, or ephemeral settings. Beside that I paint, photograph, film draw and write.
“My “private challenge” is simply to take a bath in the North Sea every day. The temperature is about 11 degrees, which is not so shocking. The bath can mean pure joy of life or cost real overcoming. Ten seconds to run into the sea, the camera takes three pictures of it. A game of chance, a few props are added little by little.
As the weeks go by, it becomes more and more important to observe the weather and the changes in the sea. Short shots of the movement of the waves come to the fore.”
Nora Fuchs is a german sculptor and professor for threedimensional art at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Dortmund. She works often site-specifically. Her themes are territories and borders, systems of order or, for example, the question of what one owns as an Alien Element in one’s household. Her last work was a performative sculpture with flotation toys in public space, Berlin 2020.
My practice is multi-disciplinary, circling around sound, performance, video and painting. I am interested in interwoven realities, dreamscapes, altered mental states and the seeking of the self.
This is my first residency and I am enjoying a lot the small-town feeling and what the scenery has to offer for creating alienating visuals, such as boiling an egg in-front of an old house, wild horses, territorial krías.
I mainly use myself as a subject and also had the chance to collaborate with other wonderful artists as well as locals in photography and video projects involving movement.
I had a clear intention for my time at NES—and was surprised by the opposite direction my work took this summer. New synapsis in my brain seemed to happen. New forms of expression. I am a PhD researcher and writer @Aberystwyth University in Wales, and former Fulbright Fellow in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I stepped away from my academic work in literature this summer to focus on a new project. I created The Foss and Moss Puppet Theatre to support the epic absurdist poem I have started writing. I cultivated stanzas by utilizing textiles from the natural world, such as Icelandic wool roving, to create individual characters who represent surrealist ideas about what it is to exist as a human in a meaningless/meaningful world. Through this practice as research and the use of interdisciplinary modes of expression, I was able to generate new creative impulses in my writing. The intense natural environment of Iceland, the mountains, sea, wind, arctic terns, sheep, unseen elemental beings, and the opposing force—the human being—was fertile ground for a delve into existential questions for my Puppet Theatre of the Absurd Poetry Project. I also began to read and study the fiction of Icelandic writer, Sjón, who inspired me immensely, as well as the poems of Gerður Kristný. I have been deeply moved by the imaginative landscape, both in Icelandic literature, as well as out the door on foot, miles and miles of wide expanse.
Side event: I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow artists for one week on a concert, where, besides reading from my book, Firewalking, I performed two pieces musical theatre pieces—one dramatic, one joyful. I was trained as a soprano and performed for many years but had not done so in more than almost two decades. So, I was thrilled to work together, especially with Galina Dimova Georgieva, the gorgeous classical pianist and composer from Cyprus. https://kelleymckenna.com
I have spent several years drawing realistic portraits and nature landscapes. A˛n initial stage of watercolors of buildings and historic cities, was followed by depictions of dancers. As always fascinated by the sea and the underwater animals, I painted the waves, the skies, the Mediterranean posidonias, … trying to reflect the sentiment of freedom and peace, mindfulness and connection with nature that I experiment: obsessed by the light and captivated by the liquidity and instantaneousness of the watercolour.
Many other more abstract-conceptual works and installations about climate change, renewable energy, scarcity of resources and the subconscious, the relation human/nature/ and the women perspective are presented in the last few years, after my stays in Madrid, Paris, Singapore, London, Luxembourg and Denmark. The plan is after a last stay in Tenerife, and Tarragona, head north close to the Artic in Iceland, and then arrive to Australia, in a long journey to explore the connections between humans and climate change, with the aim of closing the loop, linking places that have to do a lot with water and environment, a journey that started many years ago. I don´t pretend to copy or repeat the landscape (nature, environmental problems…) that I am seeing. I rather focus on a concept, idea, impression. More info can be found at http://mvmworks.weebly.com
During my stay in Iceland, I understood that outdoors painting was going to be a major source of my research, because if I am looking for connections and comprehend changes nothing better than to experiment first hand. I was trapped by the gigantic event of the volcano eruption.
Intrigued by other specific characteristerics of the Island, 6 series have been developed. And I have been investigating if/how climate change is affecting Icelandic horses. Is nature trying to say something to us? These beautiful horses seem to be the ultimate connection between humans and nature, wildlife.