Judy Sánchez (Alaska, United States) is here at NES for the months of May and June and is using Skagaströnd as a home-base from which to wander and explore Iceland.
Primarily a photographer, she strives to make ethereal and evocative abstract images from nature. She explains, “Photography is but a meditation, the conduit through which I can attempt to reveal unique surroundings and intricate fabrications created by the merging of nature’s spirit with my own imagination and its mysterious imperatives.”
She has been invited to exhibit in the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography to be held this September in Barcelona, Spain, and her work is included in the United States Library of Congress, the National Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Additional work can be seen at: https://www.instagram.com/fotonomad/
“I hate photography. Because it is limited to the visual means of reality. But to hate something you must also love it. You can not hate without knowledge and you can not love without commitment.
For me inside the photograph there must be a transformation from what I see, in order to transform what is depicted into a self-contained conversation taking place within the photographic framework. I use all genres and work exclusively analog.
I am excited by the idea of having a product that emerged 100% from physics and chemistry. Non-digital in a digitalized world. By being restricted by the analog technic, the focus and concentration on the photographic work and its process increases. Which leads to complex stories that deal with absurd and existential issues.
In Iceland I am documenting remote communities, concentrating on the harsh co-living of nature and civilization, weird everyday rituals as well as cultural heritage in modern society.” http://www.ludwignikulski.de/
Scott Walden arrived in Skagaströnd with plans to photograph vernacular architecture in the long summer twilight and write a philosophy paper interpreting Terrence Malick’s films as investigations into what it means to be a person and what circumstances are corrosive of such status.
But the Iceland twilight wasn’t what he was expecting and he’s now photographing local buildings and other structures in the silvery Icelandic daylight.
The writing’s going well, especially thanks to help from the other artists, who are taking part in a screening of Malick’s Badlands (1973) followed by a discussion of its themes and metaphors.
‘My attraction to distant journeys invites us to lead projects inspired by the stories of Jules Verne (writer) and Georges Méliès (filmmaker and director). Also, I am inspired in search of territories, hostile climates to create lunar photographs.
When I am not traveling, I stay in the darkroom of my art studio to make light and chemical experiments. Influenced by the surrealist artists, Man Ray for example, I decline the photographic medium to technical and aesthetic possibilities. I love serendipity and experimental way to create my photographs’. https://www.sandrine-elberg.com/
While at NES, I’ll be working on a collection of poetry and photographic images that address the shifting dynamics in the female body when hormonal fluctuations begin to alter a once known entity–one’s own self–into something unrecognizable. Transformations in the natural world that happen on a daily basis in extreme climates and geographies like Iceland, and transformations happening because of what we’re doing to our beautiful planet, mirror what I’m experiencing in my own aging process: a transmutation of the body and a cataclysm of heat creating a violent expulsion of a former self. It feels like devastation.
Kelley McKenna, 2015 Fulbright Grant recipient in poetry and literature
(accompanied by Beesly)