Growing up with artists in my family, I have always been connected to art. However, I decided to pursue a career in marketing and public relations at first and paint on the side. The pandemic forced me to go inward and fostered some drastic changes in my life: I quit my job, moved from Germany to Southern France, and started focusing on my creative work again.
Painting to me means exploring and being playful, it’s a great instrument to access the subconscious mind and to get in touch with emotions.
My time at NES made it clear to me that I want to focus on creative expression and its healing power professionally and helped me strengthen my decision to change my field of work and become an art therapist.
Judy Sánchez (Alaska, United States) is here at NES for the months of May and June and is using Skagaströnd as a home-base from which to wander and explore Iceland.
Primarily a photographer, she strives to make ethereal and evocative abstract images from nature. She explains, “Photography is but a meditation, the conduit through which I can attempt to reveal unique surroundings and intricate fabrications created by the merging of nature’s spirit with my own imagination and its mysterious imperatives.”
She has been invited to exhibit in the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography to be held this September in Barcelona, Spain, and her work is included in the United States Library of Congress, the National Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Additional work can be seen at: https://www.instagram.com/fotonomad/
“I am a painter and my name is Sanneke Griepink. I live and work in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. My own work is very much connected to Iceland. When I went to art school, Iceland became my internship project. The Icelandic nature told me about our origins, about surviving in a climate of wind, rain, ice and fire, glaciers and waterfalls.
Iceland changed my way of looking forever. The landscape merely abstract, for the first time I could make realistic works but still with an abstract quality to it. This taught me about space, mass, substance and structure. In the abstracted landscapes of Iceland I could tell about the roughness and necessity of nature, our origin where we are different away from since we as human beings , settled down and started to experience nature as a threat. The Icelandic landscape is bare and rugged and mirrors all emotions possible.
The beauty of a landscape , the contact with nature, this is what I want to depict, I also urge for the need of nature and the pure experience, away from screens and asphalt, to find oneself again in a distressing surrounding. It is by painting it, I get to understand the meaning of a landscape. The seasons and different kind of weather are important to me, and I like them to reflect in the landscapes I make.”