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Artist in Residency – Christine Reiter

I live and work in Augsburg. I have been working artistically since 1998 and since then I have also been represented in national and international  exhibitions.

For my work, I use everyday materials, which I process and transform playfully but methodically, without denying the origin of the respective material. I use paper, cardboard,  tape, Styrodur, construction foam, wire, wood, wax, thread, but also ink, colored pencils and pencil. I take everyday objects, used things, found things, dismantle and deform them, turn everything upside down so that the individual parts move away from their previous content.

Finally, I put the individual parts together – to something completely new and different. The result is an object, a form filled with meaning, which leads the viewer to their own thoughts, inspirations and stories.

For me, the mountains are an integral part of my artistic and motivic repertoire. Mountains are my personal place of longing, they stand for hope, freedom, strength, overcoming, failure, consolation, happiness. A place where you can feel the power of nature:

They are beautiful, impressive and at the same time can be life-threatening and are endangered by settlement and climate change.

Here in Iceland I found a mountain world that I had never seen before in this form. Above all, the untouched vastness and wildness influenced me so much that I took up this topic here.

You can view more of Christine´s work on her website https://www.christine-reiter.de/

Artist in Residence – Clémence Arnold

I get my inspiration from screenshots I pull out of videos I make, personal archives, or pictures I find. I like my subconscious to intervene when I paint, allowing my mind to make its own connections among the images collected and letting new ones arise.

So ultimately painting is a means to access my own vision. My works have recurring themes such as childhood, night, and vegetation, exploring various notions among which memory, absence, and how recollection and vision can generate fiction.

During my residency at NES, I have met incredible persons and artists. Horizons, ages, and practices were very diverse but yet I could feel connected at a deep level.

I did not come to NES with a specific project and it turned out to be a time for exchanges and collaborations. I allowed the outside world to reach out to me and hopefully, this will transpire in my work. 

You can see more of Clémence´s work at the links below.
clemencearnold.com
https://www.instagram.com/clemencearnold/
https://vimeo.com/user67555391

Artist in Residence – Åsa Båve

“In my practice, I depart from my own experience within care work, and my work results in films, photography, video installations, or interactive performances. The question of care as a commodity is at the center of my practice. Born in Sweden, 1988, I’m originally a filmmaker with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Valand Academy, Gothenburg. For this trip, I got a travel grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee to come here and work with my project ‘Caring with Force’.

During my two months stay at NES residency I’m researching Icelandic Psychiatric Care and their alternative to restraint-belts within forced care for my current project.  While staying here I also collect stones, take walks in the wind, and every day I take a picture of the everchanging ocean.”

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – MARIA VERDE-MUNIESA

I have spent several years drawing realistic portraits and nature landscapes. A˛n initial stage of watercolors of buildings and historic cities, was followed by depictions of dancers. As always fascinated by the sea and the underwater animals, I painted the waves, the skies, the Mediterranean posidonias, … trying to reflect the sentiment of freedom and peace, mindfulness and connection with nature that I experiment: obsessed by the light and captivated by the liquidity and instantaneousness of the watercolour.  

Many other more abstract-conceptual works and installations about climate change, renewable energy, scarcity of resources and the subconscious, the relation human/nature/ and the women perspective are presented in the last few years, after my stays in Madrid, Paris, Singapore, London, Luxembourg and Denmark. The plan is after a last stay in Tenerife, and Tarragona, head north close to the Artic in Iceland, and then arrive to Australia, in a long journey to explore the connections between humans and climate change, with the aim of closing the loop, linking places that have to do a lot with water and environment, a journey that started many years ago. I don´t pretend to copy or repeat the landscape (nature, environmental problems…) that I am seeing. I rather focus on a concept, idea, impression.  More info can be found at http://mvmworks.weebly.com

During my stay in Iceland, I understood that outdoors painting was going to be a major source of my research, because if I am looking for connections and comprehend changes nothing better than to experiment first hand.  I was trapped by the gigantic event of the volcano eruption.

Intrigued by other specific characteristerics of the Island, 6 series have been developed. And I have been investigating if/how climate change is affecting Icelandic horses.  Is nature trying to say something to us? These beautiful horses seem to be the ultimate connection between humans and nature, wildlife. 

Another series about the particular amazing colours of Iceland has been done. More info here:  http://www.organicsarchitectures.com/  https://www.karolinafund.com/profile/view/135592  

Artist in Residence – Christoph Brünggel

Christoph Brünggel is an interdisciplinary working artist based in Zürich, Switzerland. His work reaches from different visual media and installation art to sound arts and electroacoustic music.
 
The fragility and instability as well as the ecology and the complex relationships of the human and non-human world are at the core of his interest.
 
 
 
 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – SARAH THIBAULT

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.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – PEDRO TORRES

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.

You can see more of his work at https://pedrotorres.net/ and https://www.instagram.com/pedrooootorres/?hl=en

Artist in Residence – Ludwig Nikulski

“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/

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – SANDRINE ELBERG

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/

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – NATASHA VAN NETTEN

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.