“Over the past several years I have produced a number of large, site-specific, temporary wall drawings. The drawings feature landscape imagery, and are drawn directly on gallery walls with chalk.
Their fragile and ephemeral nature maps onto both environmental and existential concerns; they will all eventually disappear, and are threatened by the presence of the viewer.
In a couple of recent works I included the erasing process in the exhibition, slowly destroying the images over the run of the show.
At NES I decided to experiment with taking this process further. I started with a drawing of Spákonufell, the mountain overlooking Skagaströnd, and each day I have made alterations to the drawing — adding in new elements, smearing them, erasing, wiping with a wet sponge, and then building the drawing back up.
These continual shifts echo the continually shifting skies and weather here. The drawing is alive and never finished.”
Sarah McCormick’s research considers the role of colonial agendas at play in the narrative of our global, ecological crisis. Through methods of social practice, digital transmission, and sculpture, she looks for possible solutions to an objectifying model of approaching ecology—a patriarchal holdover in phenomenological thought.
Her work wrestles with the complex and paternalistic relationship between humans and nonhumans, specifically within the context of land preservation. She examines the act of protection when applied to an entity that may have never given consent and the battles waged over land’s extractive potential.
You can see more of Sarah’s work at http://www.smccormickstudios.com and https://www.instagram.com/smccormicksculpture/?hl=en
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/
Ragga Róberts is an Icelandic artist who lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting. Ragga has exhibited her work in Iceland, New York, and Texas. Her work narrates the beauty of icebergs and hints at the sadness of them slowly melting away due to climate change.
Ragga’s recent work explore light, color and nature. She is inspired by artists such as Fairfield Porter, Louisa Matthíasdóttir and Zaria Forman.
Kyo Kayamoto is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City. After graduating from Pratt Institute, she started her full-time freelancing career; writing and illustrating books, creating animations, and other illustration and graphic projects for a variety of clients.
Recently she is focusing on making postcards series as a personal project; in the picture you can see some of her illustrations for halloween and easter. She illustrates a story with some sense of humor with her original cute characters in each picture.
Since arriving in Iceland, artist in resident Erin Estrada has been making paintings about perceptions of land through the lens of tourism, capitalism, and kitsch culture. She is fascinated in how a landscape can act as an extension of the self, and reflect certain political and psychological ruminations.
Specifically, she establishes kitsch as a gimmick to undermine the subtle ways violence is woven into the fabric of the American society, directly a consequence of hyper-consumerist propaganda, and how this can lead to conspiracy theories. Commodified spirituality/lore, read as either banal or deeply meaningful, is of particular interest to her. She portrays places with this in mind, layering the image with borders, windows, signs/symbols specific to the region, and references from memory, as a way to point to the obfuscation of assumed realities.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Andolie Marguerite is currently making installations from inadvertent collections.
Janette Kerr’s paintings and drawings represent immediate responses to movement and rhythm within the landscape.
Here in Skagaströnd they are about advancing snow and mist, wind, glancing sunlight, whiteness and shadows, land and mountains disappearing and reappearing – elements that seem to be about something intangible.
Visit Kerr’s website for more information or read her blog on her experience here in Skagaströnd and the far north.