Tag Archives: Iceland

Writer in Residence – Henry Fletcher

Henry is a nature facilitator and writer, and, over the past decade, has managed a trail project in Iceland’s Westfjords region. 

Through this project, he has co-authored a four-part creative guide, Wayfinding in the Westfjords. Imbued with practical advice, as well as story, poetry and ritual, the guide will deepen your relationship with both human and nonhuman counterparts as you walk historic trails along land and sea.

For more information and pre-sales: wayfinding.guide

Artist in Residence – Petra Steeger

I live and work in Rostock / Germany. In my art, I deal with topics from natural history, in connection with the question of the relationship between humans and nature.

Particularly under the aspect of the waste of resources and the destruction of our environment, I ask how nature and the organisms living in it change in the Anthropocene.

The starting point for my work often are things that I find and collect according to my inner compass.

These can be remnants of civilization, washed up from the sea, or remnants from nature such as plants or bones. From this, I develop objects, often alienated with embroidery.

I also quote nature in my drawings; people and animals often enter into a symbiosis here or I invent new fantastic beings.

I was hoping for finds from NES and the wild beaches of Iceland that would inspire me for new objects. I was excited to see the segments that the sea washed up.

Instead, I found mountains of techno-fossils and plastic. Their sheer size surprised me. It contradicts the untouched landscape and the beauty of the mountains.

When hiking on lonely beaches, the landings of the Atlantic show the widespread human traces that cannot be overlooked. They cannot yet be detected in the geological rock strata, but for how much longer?

In fact, I searched and found, but the landscape was so dominant that it played the main role in my work that was created here.
You can see more on Petra´s website http://www.petra-steeger.de/

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 – Grace Hailstone

I am a printmaker working mostly with intaglio and relief techniques such as etching, linocut, and monoprint.

My work is an ongoing investigation into the experience of landscape and the flow of time, inspired by geological forms and the elements.

My work reimagines experiences of natural phenomena to create images that are suspended between reality and imagination. It attempts to link our embodiment in the landscape to our memory of it.

Photography is a starting point for me and, by a process of drawing, digital manipulation and layering, I reconstruct the memory of the experience to create prints.

The process of then creating prints for me is quite spontaneous and I like to discover the image as I am making, letting the materials guide me, although I have an overall intentionMy prints are distilled images of experience and are intended to act as spaces of contemplation. @graciehailstone
http://www.gracehailstone.com

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/

Writer in Residence – Coline Marescaux

“ I believe that my relationship to poetry is animated by three energies which complete and nourish each other: a call from Childhood, the vertigo of a dialogue with the Unknown, language and body seeking together the infinite conjugation of Love. ”
 
Coline Marescaux defines herself as a poetic researcher.
She explores and creates singular poetic forms, that fit the spaces and the audiences it is addressed. 
 
She is currently working on the idea of a Poetic Body. Focus is placed on the spaces where poems resonate to create sensations, awake memories, and connect with people. 
 
The Poetic Body is a search, a quest for a link between the poem’s body and the spectator. 
 
Coline Marescaux seeks the reflection and the echo of her words in the Icelandic landscapes. She explores an unknown and fertile ground in which her poems could find a way. 
 
She is currently writing her first collection and her next show: Oh feu ma terre! (Oh my fire land!)

Artist in Residence – Emilia Stromeyer

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.

You can see more of Emilia’s work on her Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/emiliabohemia/ 

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

Composer in Residence – Katharina Roth

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During NES I’m working on a commissioned ensemble piece for the Austrian Ensemble reconsil (ob, clar, tromb, pno, vl, vla, vcl).
Furthermore, I’m collaborating with Tobias Leibetseder on a work for piano and electronics, where Tobias and I will perform ourselves.

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Katharina-Roth_-©-Leonhard-Angerer
You can see more of Katharina’s work on her website https://www.katharina-roth.com/

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.”