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.
In my artistic practice as a composer, performer, sound- and media artist I am engaging with the aspects of space and transformation.
During my time at NES, I am creating an exposition for the “VIS Nordic Journal for artistic research” concerning my work “Fragments” which is part of the artistic research project
“Rotting Sounds” in cooperation with the MDW – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where it also is located. For the symposium of “Rotting Sounds” which is happening on the 23rd and 24th of September.
I will also create a fictional documentary as a short movie which is part of “Fragments” and will then be presented at the “Auditorium of Rotting Sounds” and the sound theatre at the MDW and via streaming.
Finally, I am collaborating on a piece for piano and live electronics with Katharina Roth, that will be performed by ourselves.
“The constant connection with the elements at their purest forms. The fluent feeling you get meanwhile seeing water drop and stone melt.
When art and craftsmanship are eternal allies united in the local car workshop, where Óli, a former fisherman, shared with me his knowledge of welding and gave birth to my twisted aluminum shapes in perfection.”
In her work, Lena Marie Emrich focuses on the marginal and the social – both topics that are key elements in her artistic practice. Car tuning races, abandoned airports, lapsed graffiti, meteorological phenomena – all these are cultural references that nourish her multidisciplinary practice. Emrich interweaves performance, documentation and sculpture and sheds light on the characteristics of these unique communities. She mixes scientific research findings with a kind of poetic form language, as well as examining objects and phenomena for their aesthetic and social relevance. Her works tell of the encounter between supposedly rigid everyday objects and human longings, and conserve them in a simple formal language. In 2020 she won the Toy Award presented by the Berlin Masters Foundation. For 2021/2022 she is awarded the Art Prize of the Kunstverein Hannover.
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.