Lieselle McMahon is a visual artist from Dublin, Ireland where she studied Music & Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin and Art & Design at CEAD at the National College of Art and Design. Her practice is mainly sculptural, encompassing 2D, 3D installation, live art and sound sculpture. Drawing on the assertion that the personal is political, conceptual themes around feminism and anti-capitalism manifest in her work and she has been a member of A4 Sounds Arts Community since 2017, where she bases her practice. She draws on both music and art sensibilities in her work and her central focus is the body.
Currently she is exploring themes of intimacy, how we relate to the other and to ourselves, and our connection (or reconnection) to the body-mind. Whilst at NES she is investigating this through sculpture, performance and sound, drawing on local mythology, storytelling and folklore (particularly as it relates to Prophetess Mountain), engaging with the natural elements in Skagastrond and the execution of her artistic endeavours in the prolonged darkness – a time with an almost magical quality in the air when the intuition seems more easily accessible.
Many thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland for funding this artist residency with a travel and training award @artscouncilireland #artsireland @a4sounds @lieselle.mcmahon
Fan-Ling Suen is a cross-disciplinary artist from Ontario, Canada. Her work extends across a variety of media including sculpture, installation, drawing, photography and most recently sound. Since working on a vegetable farm, Fan-Ling’s research has begun to expand beyond the intimacy of interpersonal human relationships to consider our connection with surrounding ecologies.
While in Iceland, Fan-Ling will play her musical saw in different natural areas. She will begin to open a musical dialogue with Skagastrond’s underground soundscapes by using a combination of transducers and buried aquaphones in the soil to engage with the earth as a natural amphitheater. www.fanlingsuen.com