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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 – Clémence Arnold

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. 

You can see more of Clémence´s work at the links below.
clemencearnold.com
https://www.instagram.com/clemencearnold/
https://vimeo.com/user67555391

Artist in Residence – Yiannos Economou

Iceland for me is one of the least contaminated, by humans, locations in Europe, maybe the world. Facing the North Pole, with its melting glaciers and volcanic landscapes, its wildlife and extreme weather, and its sublime rather than beautiful aurora, it serves as a warning for our perils ahead, and the necessity of a balance in the relationship between humans and nature.

The NES Artists Residency gave me an opportunity to further develop the relationship between time, space, images, and sound, especially in a live performance situation. The theme of the human environment explored in Sonitus Urbanitatis, gives way, in the Icelandic project Sonitus Borealis, to the theme of our fragility and destructive course if we continue seeing ourselves as biological entities separate from, if not more privileged than, the rest of the biosphere.

Born in Cyprus in 1959, Yiannos Economou studied first Economics in UK, but re-entered full-time education and obtained a Fine Arts Degree and a Master’s from the Kent Institute of Arts and Design in Kent. Whilst mainly a video artist, he has also worked with film, photography and animation and his videos have been shown equally in gallery spaces and video festivals. His works combine the raw verisimilar attributes of video and its ability to capture unmediated sounds and images into poetic compositions. 
https://yiannos-e.net/cv

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – RICHARD BARLOW

“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.”

http://www.rbarlow.net

https://www.instagram.com/richardbarlowartist/

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – SARAH MCCORMICK

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

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – JUDY SANCHEZ

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/





Artist in Residence – Ragga Róberts

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.

https://www.instagram.com/raggaroberts.art/

http://raggaroberts.com