Adriene Jenik is an artist and educator who resides in desert. Her computer and media art spans 3 decades, including pioneering work in interactive cinema and live telematic performance. Her mediated performance projects have been written about in The New York Times, published in The Drama Review, and recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Jenik’s current creative research projects include “data humanization” performances, immersive learning experiments and street performances reading “climate futures” with her ECOtarot deck. At Arizona State University, she serves as Professor of Intermedia in the School of Art, affiliate faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a sustainability scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability.
Karen Jiang is a visual artist whose research interest is centered on apparel design, the materiality of garments, and the physicality of sound. Her approach seeks to delve into the invisible tensions that exist between time, space, people, and Earth.
Her practice is deeply rooted in the geological impermanent transformations of temporal ephemerality, flow, and movement in Nature: the extent to which everything on Earth exists in delicate equipoise. “I will be taking inspiration directing from the Skagastrond landscape, the pure vast arctic ocean that expands before me and the mountains that sharply define this landscape.” Do take a stroll around her website karenjiang.com
Sarah Thibault is an artist and writer based in San Francisco. She has been traveling since the summer of 2018, living as a nomad and attending artist residencies. Her paintings and creative non-fiction essays are inspired by her travels and the people she meets on the road.
Her paintings and drawings investigates the feminine inconography through self-portraiture, portraits of other female artists and representations of the female in historical painting traditions. Her work can be found on her website: sarahthibault.com and her Instagram at @sarah_thibault.
Richard Read is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia where he has taught art history for 30 years. He has published in major journals on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, the history of art theory, nineteenth and twentieth-century European and Australian art history, American and Australian landscape painting, contemporary film, and complex images in global contexts. He wrote the first book on the art critic Adrian Stokes and his latest book is an anthology of essays on intimations of the Anthropocene in nineteenth-century Australian and North American landscape painting. A long-term book project is The Reversed Painting in Western Art. At NES he is drafting a short book on the interpretative energy that travelling between countries brings to their respective art works in an era of tension between ‘home’ and ‘away’ in nationalist politics.
Jaq Grantford is an award-winning Australian artist, specialising in fine art and portraiture who plans to spend her month in Skagaströnd working on projects for upcoming exhibitions. You can find out more about Jaq at http://www.jaqgrantford.com/
“I’m thrilled to be at Skagaströnd and to learn more about your beautiful town. I will be painting a few pieces that are part of an exhibition that I’m developing with musician, Andrew Batterham. And in addition I’m hoping to do one or two small portraits of some local people. I look forward to meeting you at some stage during my stay in November!”
Alan Olejniczak is an artist who knows there are many ways to tell compelling stories. Alan writes for theatre, opera, audio dramas, and collaborate with photographers on visual narratives. His hope is to create work that invite questions, rather than answers, and to create art that opens dialogue, resists cynicism, and is a catalyst for positive change. His work can be found at www.alanolejniczak.com and https://www.instagram.com/olejniczak.alan/
While at NES, I’ll be working on a collection of poetry and photographic images that address the shifting dynamics in the female body when hormonal fluctuations begin to alter a once known entity–one’s own self–into something unrecognizable. Transformations in the natural world that happen on a daily basis in extreme climates and geographies like Iceland, and transformations happening because of what we’re doing to our beautiful planet, mirror what I’m experiencing in my own aging process: a transmutation of the body and a cataclysm of heat creating a violent expulsion of a former self. It feels like devastation.
My name is Gabriela Concha. I grew up in a mining camp in Southern Peru and afterwards moved to Lima to study and work. Lima’s sky is called “panza de burro”, which translates as “the donkey’s belly” because of its light gray color. Lima is also called wonderland, as you can find your way regardless of our political makeup.
I’m interested in exploring the rational order we give to our surroundings as a refugee towards our own disorientation. My work questions space organization and its influence on our optical boundaries. Using photography as a measuring instrument, I look for the limits of its representation and of the human eye as its extension.
My current work explores experimental video and creative writing. I’m soon publishing my first hybrid book which integrates photography and dreams structured as a novel. In NES I’m finishing a movie of the mining camp where I grew up. The film explores new narratives in subjective documentary and video performance. Both the book and the film’s topics are about motherhood and emotional distance.
Juli Snyder is a Philadelphia based abstract artist who has been compelled to create as long as she can remember. Her dynamic, distinctive paintings are vibrant and atmospheric, mainly inspired by emotion and the subconscious. Duality is a prominent theme.
Here in Iceland, inspiration is found everywhere and often in unexpected places. The elements, history, vastness of nature, being with wild horses and living so close to the water has had a profound impact. Icelandic water and experimentation with texture are utilized in her art here to create a deeper connection between the viewer, this experience and the location.
Being at NES residency and out of the country for the first time has given her the opportunity to look more closely at what is actually important and what’s not. Life is about connection. The natural world and remoteness of Skagaströnd can remind us of who we really are, if we’re open to seeing it. instagram: @black.arrow.arts Facebook: Black Arrow Arts