Writer in Residence – Grace Wilentz

Grace Wilentz’s poems have appeared in Irish, British and American journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Magma, The Harvard Advocate, the American Poetry Journal and The Irish Times.   

Recently, one of her poems was displayed on an artistic banner unfurled on the facade of the Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre. She is the recipient of two Arts Council awards, including the literature bursary.

Her debut pamphlet, Holding Distance (Green Bottle Press, 2019) will be launched at the Poetry Society in London in October 2019. She is currently at Nes working on her next book of poems.

You can find out more about Grace and her work at https://www.gracewilentz.com or find a copy of Holding Distance here or read some of her poems here


Debbi Kenote is a Brooklyn based artist and curator, in New York City. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 2016. Since then her work has been exhibited in group shows in the United States and Internationally.

In March 2019 Kenote had first solo show “Eyes Like Caves” at The Canvas By Querencia Studio in Brooklyn, New York. In August 2018 she completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont.



Carol Hodder, is a self taught Irish painter who has exhibited throughout Ireland and was an invited artist to Beijing, China in 2007. She is a fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, and was the recipient of the Republic of Ireland Award at NOA, Royal College of Art, London, 2015.  She is represented by Solomon Fine Art, Dublin (https://www.solomonfineart.ie)

“I came  to Nes, to experience a  remote portion of the landscape of Iceland. I was aware that the weather changes constantly and this effects the light and the atmosphere and with that an ongoing and changing perception of place.

Both light and place affect my process.  The works evolve and change as the days go, which is why being rooted in one place for a period of time is so important.   I use paint to record an experiential response to the given time.”



Jackie Neon is a mixed media conceptual artist and sound artist. In
order to execute her conceptual work, she embraces a variety of
mediums, techniques, and tools. Identity, perception, and duality are
key themes throughout her work.

Sonically she is inspired by psychoacoustics and how we translate what we hear. She aims to create work that people can engage with, regardless of background, culture or education.

Jackie is a native New Yorker who comes from a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural family and loves to travel.


Instagram: @jackieneonart
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jackieneon
Websites: www.jackieneon.com (art) www.whoisjackieneon.com (design)

Artist in Residence – Kim Goldsmith

Kim V. Goldsmith is at Nes for two months.

“I’m a digital media and installation artist and producer from inland
New South Wales, Australia. Birds have been central to my work for many  years, as indicator species for the health of the environment. You’ll find my current work and projects at the Facebook Page, Goldsmith’s Studio, and on various other social channels.

During my time at Nes, I’m working on the second part of a major
project looking at presenting the landscapes of rural and remote
Australia and Iceland from the perspective of corvids (in particular,
ravens and crows). I’ve spent the last 18 months studying corvids and recording wide-angle and virtual reality video, and sounds, across regional NSW.

I’ll be doing likewise over two months while based at Skagaströnd. The resulting large-scale video and sound installation (including a VR experience) will be shown at the Western Plains Cultural
Centre in Dubbo, NSW in December.”

The project is documented in detail at www.eyeofthecorvus.art.


Artist in Residence – Louise Molesworth

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.



Artist in Residence – Judit Sánchez Velasco

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.
Instagram: @sanchezjudit
Website: madebyjs.com

Artist in Residence – David McDonough

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.


Skagaströnd, Iceland