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Artist in Residence – Ada Pilar Cruz

I am in Iceland again working for one month in a large studio at the edge of a fjord in an isolated town.

Walking every day, breathing deeply, taking in my surroundings, and marveling at the continuously changing sky and water and shore I take photographs and gather seaweed because it is in abundance and I go to the studio.

 I shape the seaweed, predominantly kelp,  and hang it to dry; make drawings and paintings of it or print it.  I am also making paper with it.

I hang these things on the wall behind the table where I work and I look at it, consider it, and watch how it changes, or how I make changes with this material.

The seaweed texture seems to be an imprint of the ripples of the water and be the texture of the clouds. When dried, the once wet material forms into unusual shapes of translucent colors.  It is amazing.

You can find out more about Ada and her work on her website and Instagram page  http://www.adapilarcruz.com/. https://www.instagram.com/adapilarcruz/

Artist in Residence – Therese Eisenmann

Iceland seems like a dream for me.
The sharp-shaped forms because of the special light, the empty spaces all around, the large wilderness, the omnipresence of water.

Walking every day along the shore, often barefoot in lava sand, watching the various flotsam, the changing faces of the sea, of light, of wilderness. Listening to the excited birds, the changing sounds of water, a new amazing sight every day…strong emotions.

What I often tried before: getting even closer to the gifts and secrets of water – waterfalls , lakes, glaciers, mountain creeks or the unrestrained sea – I am experiencing more on this wild, demanding, enigmatic island.

Once I wrote into my diary:  ...I am longing and stuck in this indescribable search.  This power in the water, continuity, the incessant motion, the loud, the mighty, something sounding like music – eternities.

You can see more at http://therese-eisenmann.com/overview.html
Born 1953 in Gosau, a small village in the Austrian Alps
Lives in Neumarkt/Mühlkreis
1977  Diploma HS of Applied Arts in Linz
Many prizes for her special technique in IRON ENGRAVINGS
2018 Heinrich Gleißner Price for Visual Arts
Exhibitions in Austria, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland
This stay in Iceland is supported by the Upper Austrian Government.


Artist in Residence – André Rösler

My work is all about drawing, toggling between abstraction and figurative narration. 
 
I’m interested in unstable Constellations, the seismographic quality of the drawing and the power of failure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
My intention for my stay in Skagastrond was to stare at the sea. I love the barren seclusion of the place, the breathtaking nature and the dynamic that emerges in a group of very different artists.
 
I work here on the basic elements of my aesthetic practice. I try to sort and expand my drawing vocabulary. I stare at the sea, now and then I jump in.
 

Artist in Residence – Sanneke Griepink

The experience of surroundings and richness of natural environments, ever changing in time and space is my primary motive. The ancient and the temporary, shifting between mineral at a closeup level and climate at a bigger scale, I see nature and environment as a responsive space in which we are communicating through our actions.

Using the present to reflect upon the temporary and the timeless, I use photography, drawing, painting through mixing the media and make large scale assemblages, or ephemeral settings. Beside that I paint, photograph, film draw and write. 

https://www.instagram.com/sanneke_isabel_art/
http://www.artstudiosanneke.com

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – RICHARD BARLOW

“Over the past several years I have produced a number of large, site-specific, temporary wall drawings. The drawings feature landscape imagery, and are drawn directly on gallery walls with chalk.

Their fragile and ephemeral nature maps onto both environmental and existential concerns; they will all eventually disappear, and are threatened by the presence of the viewer.

In a couple of recent works I included the erasing process in the exhibition, slowly destroying the images over the run of the show.

At NES I decided to experiment with taking this process further. I started with a drawing of Spákonufell, the mountain overlooking Skagaströnd, and each day I have made alterations to the drawing — adding in new elements, smearing them, erasing, wiping with a wet sponge, and then building the drawing back up.

These continual shifts echo the continually shifting skies and weather here. The drawing is alive and never finished.”

http://www.rbarlow.net

https://www.instagram.com/richardbarlowartist/

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – HARRY DARKINS

Harry Darkins (UK) has been an artist in residence at Nes since February.

Working primarily from his photographs of Iceland’s landscapes, light and ever-changing weather, he has produced paintings and drawings in charcoal, graphite and pastel, focusing on capturing a sense of place and atmosphere.

Recently, spending time at the site of the new volcano at Fagradalsfjall has led him to explore the concept of storytelling in drawing, reimagining his visits to the volcano as a series of mixed media panoramas based on both photographs and memory.

In June Harry will complete a further residency with ArtsIceland at Ísafjörður in the Westfjords.

Artist in Residence – Alex Close

Alex Close is a Canadian visual artist and researcher currently based in Ottawa Canada who recently graduated with an MDes in industrial design research from Carleton University in Ottawa (2020) and an MLitt in fine art practice from the Glasgow School of Art in 2017. She graduated from her BFA in drawing and painting from OCAD University in Toronto in 2015.


Critical and curious about mechanical rhythms adopted by humans, she questions the material imprint man-made items or rhythms have on subconscious movement patterns and the process of archiving images in memory.

In this vein, she also explores optics and perception with a critical eye on constructed or designed experiences/spaces and how organic powers such as sleep might fight back.

In this realm of dyads she explores the juxtaposition of supernatural (such as mythology) and hypertechnological spaces, and the meeting point of industry and natural environment (which in some cases can be oddly harmonious).

She is also committed to cross-disciplinary dialogue with her recent research exploring remote multidisciplinary drawing ideation through digital media such as virtual reality.

Before leaving Iceland Alex exhibited at Litla Gallery in Hafnarfjörður near Reykjavik. You can find more information about her work here: https://a-close.com/

Artist in Residence – Janine Gerber

Janine Gerber is a german artist, working and living in Lübeck close to the Baltic sea. She graduated in 2006 from the School of Art and Design Berlin-Weißensee and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2018, she was awarded the 1st Possehl-Art Award for Lübeck Art.


Her artistic research is based on the transition between the illusional space in a painting and the natural space.

Janine explores themes of materiality and its poetic value, sensory aspects of surfaces like ink, oil paint or paper (unprocessed white, or paint with machine oil) and the opening towards the three-dimensional.


During her one-month stay at NES artist residency Janine is focused on themes of folding and tangency in nature.


More information can be found at http://www.janinegerber.de

Artist in Residence – Kyo Kayamoto

Kyo Kayamoto is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City. After graduating from Pratt Institute, she started her full-time freelancing career; writing and illustrating books, creating animations, and other illustration and graphic projects for a variety of clients. 

Recently she is focusing on making postcards series as a personal project; in the picture you can see some of her illustrations for halloween and easter. She illustrates a story with some sense of humor with her original cute characters in each picture.

https://www.kyokayamoto.com/

Instagram:@kyokayamoto 

Artist in Residence Janette Kerr

Janette Kerr’s paintings and drawings represent immediate responses to movement and rhythm within the landscape. 

Here in Skagaströnd they are about advancing snow and mist, wind, glancing sunlight, whiteness and shadows, land and mountains disappearing and reappearing  – elements that seem to be about something intangible. 

Visit Kerr’s website for more information or read her blog on her experience here in Skagaströnd and the far north.

https://www.janettekerr.co.uk/

https://www.janettekerr.co.uk/blog