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.
“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.
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
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!”
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.
You can see my work here → www.gabrielaconcha.com
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.
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“Hi my name is Heather Matthew and I am an Australian paper maker and paper artist. My project for the NES artist residency is to explore water as an element with body, soul and voice. I believe strongly in the interconnectedness of all things in the physical and metaphysical world; people, places, cosmologies.
I have used paper pulp I made from bedsheets donated to flood affected families in Australia to create paper icebergs and strange white continents adrift but interconnected.
The tangled fishing nets and seaweed I have sourced here in Skagaströnd have formed their own island ‘nests’ embedded into paper.”