Artist in Residence – Catherine Debard

Catherine Debard has roots in Montreal’s experimental music scene, a community in which she has been actively involved for several years. Under the moniker YlangYlang, a solo project she has developed since 2012, Debard translates experiences, memories, emotions and senses into electronic sounds through a delicate balance of improvisation and composition. She has released records internationally on labels such as Crash Symbols (USA), Phinery (DK), Fluere Tapes (SE) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (RU).
Check out her sounds and albums below!

Artist in Residence – Consuelo Cavaniglia

Artist in Residence Consuelo Cavaniglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on how we see and understand space. Currently based in Sydney, Australia, Consuelo graduated with a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2017, and was the recipient of the Arts NSW Visual Art Fellowship (Emerging), 2016. She has exhibited extensively across Australia including Artspace, Sydney (2017), Perth Centre for Photography (2017); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2015); Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth (2013). Consuelo is represented by Station, Melbourne and Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney.

Taking its cues from film, photography and architecture, her work employs technically simple visual effects to distort perception and unsettle the relationship between viewer and space. Independent curatorial projects have consistently flanked Consuelo’s practice. She has developed a range of exhibitions including a major project involving the presentation of ephemeral artworks in public spaces. Interested in light and colour, Consuelo is at Nes to witness the extraordinary lighting and colour conditions in the Icelandic environment.


Artist in Residence – Avantika Bawa

RESIDENT ARTIST Avantika Bawa is an artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon, USA, where she is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA. She also often resides in her hometown, New Delhi, India.  Her practice emphasizes the intersections where drawing and sculpture, stasis and motion, and the functional and non-functional intermingle. Geographic and architectural differences in landscape strongly inform her work. Bearing in mind a location’s prior use, Bawa creates drawings and/or paintings, and repurposes functional objects to create temporary installations on-site. In addition to site-based works, she has a sustained drawing practice. These drawings are deliberative yet whimsical, embracing the pure physicality of line, shape, and color. Her upcoming solo, Coliseum will be presented at the Apex space of the Portland Art Museum in August 2018. The show will highlight her drawings based on the Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, “a premier jewel of International Style of modernism in the city.”

Artist in Residence – Ángeles Peña

Ángeles Peña is a  photographer from Argentina, based in Bariloche. The intimacy of the relationships between photography as a documentary resource, and landscape as poetry, is what drives her to inquire and create.  Using images that deploy a strong discursive power, Ángeles seeks to transmit a growing concern for the effects of climate change and the consequences that it brings to the environment. Raised in Patagonia amid snowy forests, savage rivers and deep lakes had a profound impact on her photographic work,  that is centered in cultivating an inexhaustible admiration for natural landscapes.  Ángeles selects water out of the four elements as protagonist, since it’s here where she finds most evidence  of these vertiginous changes. “I don’t photograph a landscape, but all of what happens in it. The path, the road taken in its interior. I try to speak from within the landscape, not from a distance.”

Artist in Residence – Katelynn DeTemple

Katie DeTemple was born and raised in the pacific northwest of the USA. She received her BFA from the University of Montana with a specialization in Photography. Katie’s work focuses on dualities such as the relationship of human to nature, of body to identity, and of reality to fantasy. During her stay at NES, Katie will focus on the dichotomy of the ephemeral to the perpetual and draw inspiration from the Icelandic landscape, which is both enduring and in transition.

Artist in Residence – Gillian King

Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and recent MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa (2016). King is the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award 2017 as well as the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award which has funded her to live and work in Europe from late 2017 into early 2018.

King has shown in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Ontario, Canada) and NES Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland). Most recently, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, ‘Ab NEXT’ (Oshawa, On / April 29 – Sept 3, 2017) featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada.

King looks forward to ‘Ghosts’ – a solo exhibition with PDA Projects (Ottawa, On / April, 2018). 

‘Through large scale abstract painting, I attempt to connect ancient art practices and our changing geographical landscapes as a way to address our collective histories, mutual fragility, and mortality with other living beings and the Earth. I draw from elements of ecology, paleontology, politics, mysticism and the occult and make use of specific materials (including plant and vegetable matter, hair, animal ashes, sand, dirt, and raw pigments) for their physical properties and symbolic relevance. Through abstract painting, I explore ways in which we may move forward in this destructive environmental time. I question what it is to be a human animal and possible ways to reconnect with nature and other living beings’.

Artist In Residence – Francisco Rigozzi

Francisco Rigozzi, born in Córdoba, province of Argentina in 1994; Photographer at his roots, devoted to the Arts in their most varied expressions. He has studied Photography, Visual Arts and Filmmaking; As of January he’s participating at NES.
His work oscillates between sound and vision, his images speak about themselves and about their condition of existence; his soundwork immerse the spectator in a liquid environment as sound slowly starts to fill and flood the room and then it drains and leave the subject soaked in pristine solitude, embodied in the world.

Artist in Residence – David Huggins

David is an Australia-based dancer, originally from New Zealand. He has worked extensively with Australian choreographer Russell Dumas, touring both in Australia and internationally. This is his second month at NES, and is working in the Biopol studios, exploring some of his own interests around performance-making and choreography.

Artist in Residence – Trayc Claybrook

Trayc Claybrook’s goal for working at Nes is to create visual stories that deal with the experience of being human. To put a hand on an intuition that is difficult to express. To pose the questions, who am I? why am I here? and how do I navigate this life? We all go through pivotal times where we are pushed to our limits and we don’t see a way up or out. But history and mythology tell us we will find the way up, the way out. Icelandic folktales are rich with archetypal heroes, finding their way in a challenging environment.

Skagaströnd, Iceland