‘I’m a Dutch writer working here in Nes on my 5th book. A story about a woman who is told she’s got 3 more months to live. She arranges everything: does her bucket list, stops her subscriptions on magazines and papers, quits her job, makes her will, organizes her funeral. She is ready for it. But she just doesn’t die.
And then the story begins…
Louise withdraws herself little by little from daily life, and starts living during the night. The night doesn’t belong to anybody. The night is more gentle than the daytime. Nothing is over exposed, less questions are asked.
She starts talking to strangers via intercoms. She wakes them up with her questions about life. People appreciate these conversations, and she becomes more and more popular. But still there is a longing.
Nobody knows who she is. And she herself doesn’t know it either any more. How to give life meaning when the count down has already begun?
What stays is the quest for contact. But can contact be regarded as meaningful if you don’t see the people you’re talking to? If everything is indirect? Confessions made through a intercom horn? When can one speak of real contact?
Read Falling time to get the answers. 😉 www.carolineligthart.blogspot.nl
Artist in Residence – Sophie Meehan
‘I’m a fiction writer, poet and illustrator from Dublin, Ireland. While at NES I have been working on a novel, as well as writing poems and creating handmade illustrated zines. I’ve been here for nearly three months and am coming to the end of my time in Skagaströnd. I really love it here and I hope to come back to Iceland in the future. I’ve been fascinated with the life here including the lives of the birds; the black shag who looks like he’s praying when he dries his wings on the rock, and the hardy ducks who surf those huge waves in the sea!’ https://sophiemeehan.wordpress.com
Twitter is @someehan
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.
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.
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.
Vicki explaining what is a monoprint and showing a few examples.Easiest way to develop an understanding of the process is to have a go!Inked plates ready for the drawing process.Once 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.
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.
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.
“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.” www.rhonataylor.co.uk / www.facebook.com/rhonataylorart
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: http://therealbaindu.com/