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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 – 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 – 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 – Leyla Cehan Sebuncuoglu

My practice is multi-disciplinary, circling around sound, performance, video and painting. I am interested in interwoven realities, dreamscapes, altered mental states and the seeking of the self.

This is my first residency and I am enjoying a lot the small-town feeling and what the scenery has to offer for creating alienating visuals, such as boiling an egg in-front of an old house, wild horses, territorial krías.

I mainly use myself as a subject and also had the chance to collaborate with other wonderful artists as well as locals in photography and video projects involving movement.

I take in the scenery and its colors and it also reflects into my painting practice which is non-figurative for the most part. Overall, I feel my practice growing with the collaborative spirit and the inspiring atmosphere.
https://leylacehan.org/
https://www.instagram.com/leylacehan/
https://www.instagram.com/leylaspainting/

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 – RUTH MURRAY

I love the process of staying and looking, and bringing things back to the studio and finding meaning. It’s a different way of encountering a landscape to someone who sees it changing season to season and decade to decade. A temporary, immediate vividness, bereft of the understanding that comes with familiarity.

A well furrowed, better informed view is truer to nature; but there is something revealingly human in that first sublime burst. I have found it hugely inspiring to spend time in a landscape I’m not familiar with, and working with the knowledge that I’m not fully seeing.

I will use this residency to develop new work around this aspect of personal encounters with the natural world and further explore the human partiality we bring to such moments.  https://www.ruthmurray.com/

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – ELAINE MCMURRAY

Artist in residence Elaine McMurray is from Flower Mound, TX and is currently based in Austin, TX. She is pursuing a BFA in studio art at the University of Texas at Austin. Her practice is primarily rooted in painting and she experiments in using painting as a method for creating manifestations of human anxiety.

At NES she has been exploring local folklore and creating paintings that are reflective of these tales. Her recent work at NES is inspired by different methods of fortune telling and prophecy reading. The best places to keep up with her work are her Instagram @indecisivefroggg and her website https://elainemcmurray973.wixsite.com/artist

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 – 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