Artist in Residence – Katharina Lökenhoff

Katharina Lökenhoff – “Crossing“: Pictures, Installation and artistic research project

My work is dedicated to find new and sustainable life strategies by crossing borders.  The starting point of my work is the experience, that many problems caused by “globalization” can be dued to an experience of separation. Not feeling the connection causes fear, the main reason (and not only the effect) of most catastrophes that are happening in the world right now.

How can we develop the intense experience where we are not separate from our so-called ‘environment’? In my artistic research project I am looking forward to make interviews with other artist at NES to learn about their working methods and to get hints to new ways of crossing the borders and thereby find new life strategies to heel the rift between us.

Other places for the interviews are Finland (Arteles Creative Center Haukijärvi in September), South Africa (Gratmore Art, Cape Town from December until March), Argentina (ACE, Buenos Aires in April), Italy (Numerovernti, Florenz in Mai) and Thailand (Sam Rit Residency in summer ´19).  Also I am invited to the Off Biennale “Something Else“ in Cairo in November where I hope to have an exchange about “Crossing “ as well.

The results of finding new methods will be presented in an exhibition, a blog and a catalog in summer 2019.

My own approach to the subject of crossing the threshold is through a colour experience.  Working with an intense reference to the body with large coloured fabrics, I focus on the qualities of colour as the equivalent of what constitutes life around and in us.

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Adequate to this topic I´m working with the material of a waxed skin, silk material dipped in beeswax. Its haptic and visual appearance mirrors the theme of crossing borders in the phenomenon of the skin as a membrane: It is the aim of “Crossing“ to show that cultural life/ – survive can be redefined and made possible through exchange rather than demarcation.

Artist in Residence – Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin received a BA in Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College (1965) and an MSS in Community Organization from Bryn Mawr College (1967).

Switching gears entirely, she studied at the Ansel Adams workshop in Yosemite, CA in 1980, and since that time, she has journeyed in both a literal and figurative sense across many types of terrain, always looking for a sense of place.

Here, in Iceland, she has uncovered a tremendous natural “pull,” if you will; sensing a unique level of past and present energy all around her, she has only begun to explore the potential meaning of what these surroundings command and what the inhabitants therein are living with every day.

Her work is included in public and private collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Medtronic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mount Holyoke College, Jerusalem Theatre in Israel, and Fidelity Investments. More information is available at

Artist in Residency – Tulle Ruth

Tulle Ruth lives and works in Norway. Her practice can be described as sculpture in a very broad sense. She has her artistic training from Sweden, Norway, Canada and Denmark and has exhibited in many places in Norway and abroad.

Her sculptures are often mobile and located at more or less unknown sites in public spaces and in nature. The artist is mostly concerned with communication, ecology and feminism. Out from the personal, domestic and everyday life, Tulle Ruth asks questions about life and society surrounding her. Her artistic platform was shaped through the extended project Speaking Mountains which enabled the 7 famous mountains surrounding Bergen to speak and create stories. In an investigating and experimenting manner, “high and low” techniques were integrated. Tulle Ruth always works independently from added energy instead of using sun and wind power. Her art is often infused with humour. 

Artist in Residence – Jannice Chung

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jannice Chung lives and works in South Korea and the U.S. She has received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BS from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her work starts as a response to social issues, incidents and situations occurred in both local and global community. The issues could be radical, sad, upset, humorous, heart breaking, vicious and more. She feels the urge to react to unpleasant occurrences that often cause devastation inside and interpret them into her own visual language using various materials. She combines traditional painting materials with non-traditional ones to create visually intriguing texture and ultimately expand the range of narratives.

She has come to Skagaströnd with an open mind and ready to take in whatever she encounters. From all fascinating stimulants and imageries, she finds stories about trolls and hidden people intriguing and their relationship to the nature and to her people as well. Stories do not just exist as mere folklores rather breathe and live with and among the people of Iceland. She sees the time spent here in Iceland as a starting point of something that can be grown into a larger project.


Artist in Residence – Meir Rakocz

Meir Rakocz lives and create in Tel Aviv , Israel where he has a photography studio.

“My Photographic skills and artistic abilities are the fruits of an autodidactic search. I concentrate in documenting and in decoding emotional/social associations within both my family cell and social and professional circles. I explore landscapes of my ‘homeland’ and foreign landscapes and their relationships to humans. I do my photographic artwork simultaneously alongside my practice in public medicine & dental health.

My photographic artworks are exhibited in private collections and in the Ramat-Gan Museum of Israeli Art collection and I have had solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Paris, New-York, Duisburg, Venice, Onishi in Japan, and Skagaströnd, Iceland.”

Artist in Residence – Michele Kishita

Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based artist who searches for the landscape that inherently exists in of each of her wooden painting surfaces, while expressing the visual contrast and harmony where man-made structures and nature intersect. She is influenced by the compressed space of Japanese ukiyo-e prints and Hokusai and Hiroshige’s depictions of water. Kishita’s work is in several corporate collections including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente. Her work can be viewed online at:

Artist in Residence – Laura Duerwald

July artist-in-residence, Laura Duerwald, received a BFA from Syracuse University, an MFA from Marywood University, and studied at the Art Students League in New York and Syracuse University in London.

Laura’s paintings are not always actually painted. They are constructed out of materials – paper, pigment, graphite, linen, wax – through an intuitive process of addition and subtraction, with particular sensitivity to the character of each element, and the poetic possibilities of their various combinations. From a distance, extremes of value, color and texture meld into fields that have a dynamic opticality, while up close, their supple materiality is evident.

Laura is currently working on a group of small studies on paper in preparation for an upcoming solo show at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Houston.

More work by Laura can be seen on the following sites:

Artist in Residency – Fan-Ling Suen

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.


Artist in Residence – Pao-Chang Tsai

Pao-Chang graduated from the department of drama and theatre, National
Taiwan University and had his master in music theatre from Royal Central
School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He was the co-artistic
director at Tainaner Ensemble (2009-2018). Learning has always been at
the top of Pao-Chang’s priority when it comes to his career, exposing
himself to various practitioners and companies with diverse views on
theatre. But with learning also comes teaching, as Pao-Chang has spent
time teaching youth theatre, universities and master classes abroad,
where he puts to practice all that he has learned.

Pao-Chang Tsai is frequently seen as a creator equipped with three
talents- playwrighting, directing and acting, and has worked with the
National Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group,
Creative Society, Horse Dance Theatre and Cloud Gate Dance Company.

During his residency, Pao will  interview Skagastrond residents
(locals/foreigners) about their family memories and experiences with
this town.