During my residency in the north of Iceland this May, I was inspired to make a series of plein air landscape paintings after seeing the exhibition Eternal Recurrence at the Icelandic Art Center. The show was centered around an Icelandic landscape painter from the 1800s, Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. Included in the exhibition were paintings from Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance of extreme landscape painting in the Icelandic lava fields.
Hunafloi, May 24, 2021, 11 pm. 3 degrees Celsius., 40 x 50 cm, oil on linen, 2021
I created the series paintings with the impulse to continue the conversation that these two artists started, both with the land in Iceland and the history of painting, but with the intent to reframe it from a feminist lens.
Spakonufellhofdi, May 26, 2021, 11:30pm. 3 degrees celsius., 40 x 50 cm, oil on linen, 2021
During my painting sessions, the weather was cold (between 0-6 °C / 32-43 °F), the wind was strong, and the birds flying overhead were loud. But rather than attempting to conquer the land through an act of brute force like Kjartansson in the iconic image of him, I approached these painting sessions as a way to connect with the land and to pay homage to it – which I see as an essential aspect of challenging traditional patriarchal and colonial narratives.
Spakonufellhofdi May 25, 2021, 9:30 pm. 4 degrees Celsius., 90 x 60 cm, oil on linen, 2021
Spakonufellhofdi, May 26, 2021, 11:30 pm. 4 degrees Celsius, 90 x 60 cm, oil on linen, 2021
Spakonufell, May 25, 2021, 9pm. 3 degrees Celsius., 40 x 50 cm, oil on linen, 2021
Spakonufell (north face). May 6, 2021, 6 pm. 0 degrees Celsius., diptych 30 x 40 cm, oil on linen, 2021
Skagastrond, May 25, 2021, 3pm. 6 degrees Celsius, 30 x 23 cm, oil on linen, 2021
Blonduos. May 10, 2021, 3:00 pm. 4 degrees Celsius., diptych 30 x 40 cm, oil on linen, 2021
In addition to the paintings, I collaborated with Danish filmmaker, Anna Katrine Thuesen, who was also at the residency, to document the painting sessions.
Pedro Torres (BR/SP) focuses his artistic practice on topics related to the concepts of time, distance, memory, language and image, using a variety of media in the development of his works and research projects. At NES he has been working mainly on a future project of a three-channel video installation with a virtual reality experience.
“I hate photography. Because it is limited to the visual means of reality. But to hate something you must also love it. You can not hate without knowledge and you can not love without commitment.
For me inside the photograph there must be a transformation from what I see, in order to transform what is depicted into a self-contained conversation taking place within the photographic framework. I use all genres and work exclusively analog.
I am excited by the idea of having a product that emerged 100% from physics and chemistry. Non-digital in a digitalized world. By being restricted by the analog technic, the focus and concentration on the photographic work and its process increases. Which leads to complex stories that deal with absurd and existential issues.
In Iceland I am documenting remote communities, concentrating on the harsh co-living of nature and civilization, weird everyday rituals as well as cultural heritage in modern society.” http://www.ludwignikulski.de/
Sandrine Elberg from France, photographer and visual artist; graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in analogue photography.
‘My attraction to distant journeys invites us to lead projects inspired by the stories of Jules Verne (writer) and Georges Méliès (filmmaker and director). Also, I am inspired in search of territories, hostile climates to create lunar photographs.
When I am not traveling, I stay in the darkroom of my art studio to make light and chemical experiments. Influenced by the surrealist artists, Man Ray for example, I decline the photographic medium to technical and aesthetic possibilities. I love serendipity and experimental way to create my photographs’. https://www.sandrine-elberg.com/
Natasha van Netten is a visual artist from Vancouver Island, Canada. Her studio practice revolves around whales and cetology (the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises). Museum displays, charts, graphs and scientific data all inform her work. While at the Nes Artist Residency she is creating experimental drawings using watercolour, ink, wind, weather and the ocean. These processes allow nature to manipulate and alter the work.
“I am interested in incorporating elements and fragments from specific locations into my drawings. In a way the drawing then becomes a record or a specimen of that place, adding another level of complexity. Working with nature has its challenges, difficulties and risks but the surprises can be very rewarding.” For more about Natasha’s work, check out her website: natashavannetten.com You can also follow her on Instagram @n_van_netten.
An idiosyncratic specimen of globalization, I was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, my father being North Korean and my mother being Russian. Having caught a glimpse of the ex-USSR, I have a nostalgic, conflicting perception of political and cultural systems. The image of Korea evokes for me a tantalizing, fragile and beautifully moving atmosphere. How come? Perhaps, because my father, who was born Pyongyang, writes essays and existential about the Korean diaspora in former CIS countries. Devoid of a homeland, I focus my art on the themes of ethnical atomization, emptiness and nostalgia. Unable to fully assimilate into any one culture, I find myself as an outsider with an eclectic artistic taste. Art represents the act of seeking, assembling and immortalizing beauty. Through my artistic practice, I recreate the state of inspiration and emancipation, experienced during my childhood. My works strive to capture the ephemeral impressions. The concepts, which I explore in my work, include the globalization, surveillance, nostalgia, utopia and eroticism.
Recently, I was involved in initiatives with the Royal Watercolor Society, Art Below, Art Wars in London, Red Dot Miami and Los Angeles. This year, I am having shows at 508 Kings Road in London as well as Untitled Space, the New York Art Expo, Theresa Byrnes Gallery and Salon Anise in New York. Currently, I am curating an emerging artist in Hackney, London and welcoming artists to apply for our next open call on the theme of “Spacetime” (deadline February 1st, all details here): https://www.instagram.com/p/B7G-ahnJcUg/
Having Graduated in Surface Pattern Design in 1983, Julie Thompson has worked as a textile designer and also held many fine Art exhibitions since then. Now her work is evolving from her textile and fine art to become more abstract, taking influence from colour, texture and form to create new artwork.
Julie now aims to work with and upon reclaimed and recycled materials, such as sweet wrappers and cardboard, taking her inspiration from yoga, dance, verse and nature, merging together her loves to become new forms of artwork and expression.
Julie dances regularly and has taught dance from around the world for adult education and special needs in the past. She utilised her time at Nes to explore some create dance ideas, choreography and improvisation, being able to explore her love of dance and yoga and create and perform at open studio a strong piece of dance improvisation about a journey to self called “Emergence “with support and help from Kerryn. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.”
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.