Artist in Residence – Tarn Watkinson

‘I’m a graphic artist from New Zealand with a main medium of monochromatic fine-line drawing. My drawings are evolving constantly. They often are of a busy nature, simple & minimal, architectural, comic or surreal. I am inspired by nature, traveling, buildings, everyday occurrences, plants, space, people and the ocean. One of my goals is to engage the viewer through random associations between perspective and objects. Here I incorporate 2D with 3D images. Another goal is to continue (and expand) the creation of imaginary worlds with the use of lines, dashes, dots and shading to give depth.I am also interested in undertaking “free drawing”, in which I am allowed to draw free & abstract in order to try free myself from artistic convention. Currently I am investigating the idea of repetition, comic illustration and video’.
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Artist in Residence – Zoey Hart

Zoey Hart is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, traveler and collaborator living with chronic autoimmunity. Combining traditional drawing techniques with alternative printmaking, meditation, and fiber-based collage, Hart’s work challenges perceptions of imperfection —environmental, social, and organic — through the collection and manipulation of images and found environmental materials.

EMPATHY SUIT: (pictured below) Handmade from Portuguese wool, and hand-dyed from a selection of Portugese onions and other produce.

A project with it’s roots at de Liceiras artist community in Porto, Portugal, I have worked tirelessly to complete the suit at NES. EMPATHY SUIT provides a visual/tactile metaphor for the multi-sensory experience of chronic illness and chronic pain. A diverse network of interconnected knots, the suit mimics lines of connectivity and sensory awareness which can bring us closer to, or isolate us from our own bodies, surrounding communities, and the world at large.

Instagram: @littlestnoodle
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As a Nes resident, artists sometimes have the opportunity to design and teach creative workshops within the community and at the local schools. Below you can see some of the workshops that Nes artists have presented.

Nes Artist in residence from the UK, Rhona Taylor visited FNV in March 2017 for a workshop and presentation.  The workshop explored what makes an artwork an installation, with participants looking at and discussing work by different international artists. They then looked at an exhibition held in an old Victorian prison that Rhona had been involved in, and the workshop participants all designed their own cell-sized installations, with some really exciting results. They then looked at how they could use the space around them to create a three-dimensional drawing installation in the workshop classroom.











In November 2016 students from FNV visited Vicki O’Shea’s studio in Sauðárkrókur and participated in a hands on monoprinting workshop.

IMG_4453Vicki  explaining what is a monoprint and showing a few examples.IMG_4459Easiest way to develop an understanding of the process is to have a go!IMG_4463Inked plates ready for the drawing process.IMG_4457Once the students were happy with their images they roll the plate through the press, picking up the image they created from the plate and transferring it to paper.

IMG_4466And then admire the results!


Claire Paugam artist in residence at NES and Alexandra Litaker artist and instructor at the College of Northwest Iceland collaborated on the creation of two workshops in 2016 for students of visual art in the Department of New Visions in Technology and Creativity.  The workshops were held over the course of one week and engaged with photography and its relation to sutainability and perspective as part of the class curriculum in visual art. This collaboration was enriching as it provided the artists and students with the opportunity to share insights into photography to have a dialogue about how to read an image.



How do I make it last? The aim of the first workshop was to look at sustainability thru the question “How do I make it last?” Together with the students we analysed a wide range of photographs from artists whose work deals with the question “How do I make it?” Among the artists included were Sophie Calle, Edward Ruscha, and Roni Horn. The aim of this first session was to actively practice observation and to discuss with the students the way the composition of the photographs relates to their meaning. The students then had the assignment to answer the question through their own photographic project. The results were later presented and discussed. The students also remade one of the photographs presented in order to better understand the subtleties of composition and meaning making.IMG_4494IMG_4473

How do you see me? The second workshop engaged the question How do you see me? We looked at photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, and Murimora and discussed how perspective relates to composition and meaning making. The students were given the assignment of answering the question “How do you see me?” through a series of photographs that should be in some way portraits. The students also remade one of the photographs presented in order to better understand the subtleties of composition and meaning making.


Claire also revisited the class in January 2017

For the Portfolio Class Claire used her background in graphic design to present a lecture on Portfolio design in which she examined all aspects of layout and typeface.  For her second visit  she and I  collaborated on a project  to engage the students in the theme “Where am I from”  that will be a part of their final work for Portfolio.

In the class Three Dimensional Art and Design, Claire and I collaborated to create a class investigating how artists work with different materials and approaches to create sculpture.  This class centered around in depth discussion and examination of contemporary sculpture.

It was a great experience for the students to have Claire return to the classroom this semester.  It gave them a sense of continuity and expanded their sense of the classroom to include other spaces in a similar way to what they will be doing in their projects.

Sarah Cowan (Canada) visual artist who specialises in paper sculpture presented a paper cutting workshop.




Ana Armengod (Mexico) presented the Gifted Egg Project to FNV students for a special weekend workshop. Ana explains  that The Gifted Egg Project ” consists of me making really detailed and time consuming pointillism drawings on eggshells and I give them as a gift, then I ask the person to break them, in front of me and I document their reactions, they never want to break the eggs, they are overcome with emotions, anxiety of breaking something I worked so hard on, and then wanting to keep it. It’s an exercise in letting go, and making things about experience and not possessions”.






Penny Bovell renowned artist/painter from Western Australia presented the workshop Inventing and Translating Colour to  FNV students and discussed the question how can colour theory help an artist or designer?





Wind Flower workshop presented to FNV students and local community by Japanese artist Masumi Yamauchi at our February Open studio event.



Nes artists Outi Kallio (Finland), Brian Cheung (Australia) and Charal Hatfield (USA) presented a 3 hr drawing and 3D paper sculpture workshop to the students in the unit  Sjónlist 1-Introduction to Visual Art -drawing at FNV.

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Artist in Residence – Rhona Taylor

“I make work in response to particular places, often in remote areas, and am particularly drawn to the sea, islands and the extreme reaches of land. I’m interested in looking at the history and memory of different places, and exploring that in my work. I’m attracted to areas and buildings that are quietly unsettling, and much of my work explores the built or industrial environment in the landscape. I work across several disciplines including painting, drawing, installation and sculpture, and have made installations in a WWI boat shed, an abandoned street light depot and an old Victorian prison building.” /

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Artist in Residence – Baindu Kalokoh

Baindu D. Kalokoh is a native Brooklynite who loves storytelling through the use of dance, theatre, poetry and music. Her family’s cultural influences, coupled with the diversity of New York City, have shaped her artistic lens. She has written award winning plays, directed numerous performances and danced professionally with several companies. She is excited about her residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. The research library is the perfect setting for productivity. While at Nes, she plans to complete two full length plays. Website:






Opið Hús – Feb 2017

Opið hús @ Nes Listamiðstöð Lau 25.feb, kl. 15.00-17.00
At 20.00 in Bjarmanes Café the artists will perform a play, read stories, poetry and play the accordian (harmonica).  Local residents who would like to perform or present a reading in icelandic or english come along and join in the fun!
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Artist in Residence – Sarah Flynn

‘I am interested in the relationship between how Iceland is perceived from an outsider and how the Icelandic identify themselves and their country, as well as the role that photography plays in cultivating the image of Iceland.
In response to the romantic image of Iceland, I am focusing on the familiar and the banal. I am drawn towards simple shapes, patterns and events within the landscape which often go unnoticed.
This project offers an alternative representation of Iceland (from the perspective of an outsider) which goes beyond the clichéd images often used as propaganda in tourist brochures.’
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Artist in Residence – James Reeves

James A. Reeves is a writer and educator whose fiction and essays examine dignity, beauty, and myth in the digital age. He began researching and writing about ritual and grief following the death of his parents, and recently collaborated with the artist Candy Chang on a mural in Greece called Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image and philosophy. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, explores the mythology of the city. Since 2004, he has taught courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He lives in New Orleans.
faceworld / twitters / instawhatever: @mrjamesreeves


Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed

The Manufactured History of Indianapolis by James A. Reeves
The Manufactured History of Indianapolis by James A. Reeves

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Artist in Residence – Candy Chang

‘I’m interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the dynamics between society and the psyche. After I lost someone I loved, I made the Before I Die participatory public art project, which has since been recreated in over 2,000 cities thanks to passionate people around the world. I’m currently working on a project about grief with James A. Reeves, and Skagaströnd has been a wonderfully contemplative place to cultivate big perspective.’  Website:

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Candy Chang Before I Die New Orleans responses Candy Chang Confessions Candy Chang Atlas of Tomorrow

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Artist in Residence – Aly Jackson

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – Aly Jackson – Visual Artist/Fine Art Photographer. Aly’s work is an eclectic mix of single and layered images which are concerned with the memories held by places and the people within them. Memories are both real and imagined and her pieces reflect a personal, but unspoken narrative with the aim of enabling others to create their own narrative around her work. &