Here you can find some of artist profiles who are participating in Casa Na Ilha Residency Program. Keep checking as we will be adding artists over the next few weeks!
"My work is an exploration of a stream of moments that I might, otherwise, take for granted. The viewer should see my photos and feel uncertain of time and space. My work is meant to transcend the concept of reality and touch upon the emotional sensitivity of the viewer, bringing about an escape into similar moments which they’ve experienced. Through dreamlike, saturated images I am able to tap into the esoteric core of imagination, the poetic realm in which the effects of the empirical upon the conscious are unknowingly explored. Exposing the imagery and texture of the poetic interpretive core allows my art to communicate our primitive, emotional foundation, thus impacting my viewers in a cathartic manner, and providing myself with the same release.”
MICHELLE MANSOUR - VISUAL ARTIST
Oakland, CA USA
Michelle Mansour is an artist, educator, curator, and the current Executive Director of Root Division, a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco. Mansour is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship and multiple residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her work as been shown in a variety of non-profit and commercial venues such as RB Stevenson Gallery, Bedford Gallery, McLoughlin Gallery, Southern Exposure, Morris Graves Museum, and Yuma Art Center, including solo exhibitions at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Latham Square via ProArts. Mansour has work in a variety of collections including Nordstroms, Hilton Hotels, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and the El Camino Hospital. She has also curated and co-curated several exhibitions including 2x2's at ProArts and Metaphysical Abstraction: Contemporary Approaches to Spiritual Content. Mansour received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute; a BA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a Post Baccalaureate degree in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mansour has given lectures and been on panels with the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco, and Sonoma State University.
Based initially on an investigation of the interior world of the body, Mansour's work has become a broader reflection of where science and the metaphysical overlap. The paintings are meticulously crafted by layering translucent washes of acrylic and building up relief surfaces with ink & silicone. Fluctuating between organic fluidity and manipulated surfaces, she uses this combination of techniques to speak about the tension between what we can and cannot control in our own physiology. The process of repeating layer upon layer, mark upon mark, becomes a devotional practice. Strands of cells appear as tissue-like prayer beads – a tactile element for counting countless meditations.
JACQUII NOELLE – JAZZ VOCALIST, SONGWRITER AND WRITER
My name is Jacquii Noelle and I am Brooklyn native of Trinidadian descent. I am a prolific jazz vocalist, songwriter and writer who has studied vocal jazz and improvisation with the talented and renowned Fay Victor. I have studied vocal technique with Onno Van Dijk, renowned classical and opera singer in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have been a student of music my entire life, studying with greats like Ardin Herbert, Ken Professor Philmore, Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan and Arturo O'Farrill.
I am an independent artist discovering my voice through lyricism, improvisation and the use of words. I released my first album Womban of Words in 2017. Womban of Words is a debut album that adds a new lyrical perspective to great jazz instrumentals. Many of the songs feature original lyrics that take the listener through an auditory examination of my thought process about love and the human condition. When I write lyrics to instrumental standards, the music forces me to listen to the tone and sound of the instruments. I listen to the vowel sounds the horns make, the feeling the song incites, the story the music wants me to tell. I also listen to what’s not being said, and give it voice through my words and vocal expression.
I would like to use my time at Casa Na Ilha to write a spiritual manifesto which will focus on my life within a seven year period. I believe my time at Casa Na Ilha will take me deeper into the discovery of self, both as an artist and spiritual being navigating this human experience.
REIS TURNBULL – PRINTMAKER/VISUAL ARTIST
Northern Ireland, UK
Reis was born in Bangor, UK. She has recently earned a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Printmaking.
Reis is a multidisciplinary artist, she uses the tools and techniques of science in her creative process to make art informed by science. The artwork explores the relationship between art and science, specifically observation, experimentation, method and calibration. She is driven by the curiosity of how scientific process can be used to produce artwork that emphasizes creative aspects of the disciplines working together.
Reis exhibits her work internationally including UK, Washington and Finland
ROBIN BAKER -SCULPTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Robin Baker is an American sculptor working in South Bend, IN. His work is focused on the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Baker has a BA in photojournalism and a MFA in sculpture. As a photographer and a sculptor he makes commentary on the effects of environmental degradation, pollution, urban sprawl, and extractivist industry on landscape. Environmental issues are at the center of both Baker’s personal work and collaborative project between he and his wife and fellow sculptor Christyn Overstake. Their work is inspired by research suggesting the planet is going through a 6th mass extinction event. During his residency at Casa Na Ilha Baker hopes to see first-hand the work researchers, conservationists, native peoples, and non-profits are doing to combat the damage being done to the natural world.
JASMIN JOSEPH – WRITER
Jasmin Joseph is an emerging writer living and working in Yonkers, New York. Joseph is a graduate of Georgetown University (2017) holding a BSBA in Marketing and Operations/Information Management with coursework in modern literature and economics. Prior to Casa Na Ilha, she has worked on academic pieces including “The Changing Landscape of Black Hair Care: Marketing to Natural Consumers” for a Georgetown undergraduate business journal and she was a contributor on “Relaxer sales: A multi-country study” with University of Cape Town’s Hair and Skin Lab a paper that compares relaxer sales across countries with large African-diasporic populations including the US, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil, currently under review. Her most recently published works include “Apraitheid” an analysis on racial segregation on Rio de Janeiro's beaches (retitled “Symbolic apartheid: the segregated state of beaches in Brazil” for Afropunk.com) and the self-published, Black Cowgirl, White America a travel photo-book read in over 10 countries on 6 continents. Joseph’s work academically intends to identify and deconstruct subversive racism as a form of violence in society and industry. Her artistic lens is an extension of that mission and her creative works focus on building communities through commonalities found across the diaspora through literature and dance. She has aspirations to become a public interest/human rights lawyer, but will be spending her time at the residency completing her first novel.
CARLEY MC HENRY
I received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I focused my artists education on painting and photography. Currently my focus hass been on developing a cohesive group of paintings and drawings focused on anatomy, biology and psucology of humans and animals. My goal in 2018 is to create a body of work that could be prestend as a group. I work with acrylic and oil paints usuing an exposed paintin style to mimic inner anatomy, if not representing anatomical structures outright.
During the residency at Casa Na Ilha I would be focusing on creating fully realized graphite drawings, and paint sketches for future paintings.
KATHERINE BOXALL – PAINTER
Katherine Boxall is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew in a bilingual family, speaking French and English. In 2016, she graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University, including an international exchange at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in 2015. Currently, Katherine is an MFA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute focusing in painting. She experiments with dry drawing media, spray paint and oil on a variety of surfaces including textiles. Her paintings deal with the figure, femininity and intimacy. Katherine has exhibited her work in Canada, Australia and the United States.
KIM TAMALONIS – ART EDUCATOR
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Hamilton College (1995) and a master’s degree in art education from Manhattanville College (1998). She also lived and studied art in France and in Egypt. She is a member of the United Nations Associations Worldview Institute. Early in her career, Kim interned at the cultural service division of the French Embassy in Cairo, at the Metropolitan Museum, and at Creative Connections, an organization that facilitated art exchanges between national and international schools. Kim then taught at Greenwich Academy for ten years, where she developed Saturdays in the City, an art tour program that offered students regular New York City gallery and museum opportunities. Kim has taught in the Rye City School District for the last thirteen years, where her focus has been on integrating multicultural art education into her curriculum.
KASIA SURO –ILLUSTRATOR
Living between different countries gives the luxury to focus on the signals the body and the mind give. Those signals are somehow independent from the cultural heritage and personal experience that one has.
I have discovered and have been absorbed by the variety of the polisensory world, which means experiencing life through different senses.
Stimulating various senses simultanously accelerates the process of learning and lets me understand things better and remember them for a longer time.
By working with kids as a polisensory art teacher, I was introduced to the great world of their creativity unlimited by social expectations.
Integration of the mind and body within the nature and the surrounding space is one of the most important challanges in my work.
I like to play with inverted colors and firm lines.
For better understanding of what I am doing, please take a look at my Instagram or webiste:
GAYLORD BREWER – WRITER
Gaylord Brewer is author of 15 books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism, including the novella Octavius the 1st (Red Hen, 2008), the poetry collection Country of Ghost (Red Hen Press, 2015), the cookbook-memoir The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Stephen F. Austin UP, 2015), and most recently a 10th volume of poetry, The Feral Condition (Negative Capability, 2018). Nearly 1000 individual poems have been published in such journals and anthologies as The Bedford Introduction to Literature and Best American Poetry.
Brewer was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2009. He has had numerous international writing residencies—including at Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Global Arts Village (India)—and has taught in Russia, Kenya, and the Czech Republic. He earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and has been a member of the Middle Tennessee State University Department of English since 1993.
ANDRECE BRADY – VISUAL ARTIST
Andrece is a visual artist based in Newark, NJ with a passion of rebuilding black communities through art. Andrece was born May 26, 1994 in Rahway, NJ and has always felt different from her peers. Known for being outgoing and sometimes outspoken, Andrece’s thoughts have always been different from societal norms causing those who engage to think outside the box. As a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelors of Art in General Studio, Andrece’s college education was backed with ideologies of Pan Africanism, Black Nationalism, and the truth about the African Diaspora. As an artist Andrece’s mission is to help people throughout the diaspora connect and to creatively tell their stories; in turn granting them opportunities and outlets that previously may not have been available. Andrece uses many mediums ranging from charcoal, paint, linocuts and etches, and even photography. Her art work can be defined as bold, edgy, and vibrant. A lot of Andrece’s recent works deal with the affects that relationships and sex have on her and the woman around her.
While in Brazil Andrece plans dig deep into the history of Afro-Brazilian culture and history due to the fact that Brazil holds the largest African population outside of Africa. In doing so she will connect with the people of Brazil to learn about their cultural struggles to make connections on the struggles faced in her urban community of Newark, NJ to show not only the people of Brazil and Newark, but people of the world we are connected in multiple ways.
CHASEN WOLCOTT – DRAWING AND PAINTING
Growing up in California has an enormous amount of value in my life. From the way I treat my coastlines, encounter a variety of big cities filled with many different cultures, and through the movements of skateboarding, surfing, and street art. In California I am lucky enough to have been shaped with so much diversity in order to preserve qualities of life that are so challenged in today's forecast. Within each of those aspects, the speed of modern life gives me adrenaline to use creative linework through the culture that I've lived with for many years with confident decision making and control. Obsessed with a variety of fearless application, I also commit to slow the brush and downshift through moments using charcoal, oils, acrylics, graphite, and ink. If I hesitate, the action won't feel genuine because hesitation kills.
Inspired by the optically rebellious artistic attitudes that exist between Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and even Impressionism, my mixed Native American and Mexican heritage is expressed through primitive mark-making and primordial elements. Imagery redefines direct experiences and real time intimacy. People-watching and unapologetic sexual expression are central to my artistic lust by investigating masculine and feminine interaction. I process real life situations then unleash artistic fascinations through rapid painterly gesture. Now affirming that the world has been enriched by a new form of beauty: the beauty of speed.
I went to California State University, Long Beach for undergraduate BFA in Drawing and Painting, while currently receiving my MFA in Painting at San Francisco Art Institute. From a very observational training in painting to a less graphic and more candid painting process has evolved over the last 5 years. I wanted to make visible the process of searching and essence in every mark accessible in which I cared so much about. Investigative approaches has taught me how to preserve color integrity and understand painting in more of the present moment.
To connect more please visit my website: www.chasenwolcott.com
Or go to my Instagram: @poursauce
MARCO CASTANEDA – INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Marco Castaneda is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. His work deals with migration, constructs of whiteness, and geopolitics. What interests him most is the intersection of the three, and figuring out how to exist in between the established norms
PATRICE DI CHRISTINA – VISUAL ARTIST
Patrice is a visual artist whose work is currently focused on mental conceptions of death. She explores these ideas through multimedia pieces involving painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. While abstract, the forms used in her work are inspired by those found in natural environments, a technique left over from a past interest in landscape painting. Though this focus is largely general, the topics explored in her work are deeply personal and are a method of understanding herself and exploring her own relationship to spirituality. She also views artmaking as a therapeutical process, as her art is shaped by other issues she encounters throughout life, both positive and negative. Overall, she intends to use her artwork to reflect larger patterns of grieving, healing, and rebuilding in the face of the knowledge of our imminent demises. Her work at Casa Na Ilha will take a similar form, though with a higher emphasis on the bodily experiences involved in this holding this knowledge.
Patrice grew up in Connecticut and currently attends Oberlin College in Ohio. She will graduate in May of 2018 with her bachelors in studio art and psychology.
CAITLYN HUGHES – PAINTER
Hawaii - USA
Caitlyn Hughes is an undergraduate student pursuing an accounting degree at Hawai’i Pacific University. Originally from Connecticut, and now living in Hawai’i, she has been able to experience a vast range of cultural differences from art to ideas in the communities surrounding her. Caitlyn’s first interaction with art was in kindergarten when a teacher taught her about the beauty of anime and how to properly develop an idea and accurately transfer it on paper to become art.
Having had the opportunity to Study a range of languages from Korean, Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, to now Hawaiian, the cultures and languages inspire her art and can be seen throughout her work.
Caitlyn is a developing artist; water color and acrylics are her favorites, however, she is still working to specialize within a specific medium. Being an interdisciplinary learner is seen throughout Caitlyn’s life and continues to inspire her to put her time into various things in order to be a wholesome and active learner.
Emerging into the community is a major goal for Caitlyn in order to get the full experience out of this program. Full emergence is the best, if not only way, to learn about a community and place enough for it to influence one’s mind and ultimately art. Ilhabela has a rich culture ready to be discovered and Caitlyn intends on not only learning it, but also producing something in return.
PAULA LIFSCHITZ – VISUAL ARTIST
Paula Lifschitz is a visual artist living in Buenos Aires. She grew up in Texas, and got a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in art history. She has had many art shows in New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. She focuses her art on drawing and painting, and she enjoys exploring the effects of mixed media on traditional canvas.
For Paula, art is playful; art is fun. When she paints, she flourishes in the world of color. She creates a new reality, transposing the real world onto the canvas in vibrant colors that have nothing to do with the dull world of “reality”. She paints to express her inner being, to make the world a better place, in her own way. Her creative process has emerged like a child growing up; as if she has turned the mirror away from herself to reflect the world at large, which she then paints.
Her creative process is constantly drawing inspiration from the world around her, which is why the residency at Casa Na Ilha will be such an amazing experience. She has recently focused her work on exploring the beauty of natural landscapes. In the city of Buenos Aires she has limited real world inspiration in her surroundings, but the month she will spend in Brazil will give her an abundance of material to paint.
The city exhausts the people who live there, running around frantically in the day to day chaos of the world. One becomes nervous, stressed, and unhappy in the hectic environment of city life. Urbanization doesn’t provide its residents with a lot of landscapes, green spaces, or peaceful retreats where people can easily rest from their busy lives. People seek out these peaceful, majestic places in remote, scenic places that aren’t usually easily accessible retreats. During this residency, I am going to disconnect myself from the crowded, busy daily routine of city life and enjoy the beautiful terrain of Ilhabela. I am going to paint landscapes and people, in situ, and really allow the natural world to show me its beauty, peacefully and graciously. My art is going to reflect the inner harmony and peace I know this residency will bring me.
CHARLES PAPILLO – Visual Artist
Los Angeles – U.S.A
Charles Papillo was born in 1986 into an Italian American family in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. From a young age, he was constantly performing, sculpting with random material and creating invented worlds for himself and others. He moved to New York City at the age of 18 and attended Parsons the New School for Design where he received a BFA in Fine Arts in 2008. During that time, he travelled around Europe, Ecuador, and North America and also attended Hellenic International Studies in the Arts in Paros, Greece. Post-graduation, he attended a handful of artist residencies within Spain, but ended up settling in San Francisco, California by late 2009. He recently moved to Los Angeles last year and has continued to work on large scale de-collage drawings, “The Book” (hand-made stream of consciousness books) and new video work pertaining to the human body, movement, identity and ritual. Articulated concisely within his artist’s statement:
Taking things - both living and inanimate - out of a particular context yields a new and sometimes ambiguous identity; a palimpsest of the former self remains.
My work is a ritual that is presented through imagery and through space, and the resulting conversation within this territory.
ANDREA WILKINS – PAINTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
U.S.A – South Korea
I take photographs. I am inspired by stillness, nature, music, relationships and the complexity of everyday life. I am an art educator and a yoga teacher. I am interested in the spiritual, meditation, ritual and prayer. In my time in Brazil, I plan to document the magical vibrations of the Brazilian jungle. My response will focus on my direct relationship to my surroundings, through meditative practice, visceral sensation and spirit guidance. Nature has the capacity to enchant and reveal deep truths and healing wisdom within us. It is my goal to listen to this communication and create photographic stories. I hope my proposed body of work will reveal a sense of love, nurture and light.
My background is in painting, photography, education and dance. I studied at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota, Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and received my Art Education K12 teaching license as well as Master in Art Curriculum at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I am passionate about the creative process being a source of healing and therapy for all people. I have been a yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and consider my practice a critical part of my growth and experience in life. Currently, I live and work in Jeju Island, South Korea and have been here for the past 5 years.
BEATE KHUN: PAINTING INSTALLATION COLOUR AND SPATIAL DESIGN
With my colour design work I am creating colour concepts for public buildings as schools, hospitals, senior residencys, kindergardens, offices etc. The design is aimed to suit the people who are spending a lot of time inside the building, so as a consequence their health is improving, they are feeling more happy, because they are in an environment they like and feel comfortable with, and it is also improving their working capacities. Currently I am doing research about showing that people feel much better in naturally coloured environments. Painting During the process of painting it is important to me to advance to the essence of the painting I am working on. From this a specifc colouring or ambiance accrues. By conceiving the energy of a certain person / situation / object / space a kind of translation process is taking place in which this kind of energy is being transferred into a visual expression of colour and form. This can embody both figurative and purely abstract elements. During the process of painting something autonomous is emerging. As the painting is developping it is getting more and more complex. It is obtaining its specifc character. In this way both multilayeredness and visual depth emerge. This is being intensifed through synaesthetic references; the chime of a certain colour is playing an important role to this. Thematically the painting refers to the installation work, only the way of expression is being different. It is a matter of the connection between inside and outside space, the movements in-between. A movement that flows, becomes firm, and again dissolves. In my latest series reflections I am working with traces that light is leaving behind on certain surfaces, in certain surroundings and the ambiance which is created through this. In my Installation work I am dealing with the tension between inside and outside space. Creating the inside spaces I am using predominantly semi-transparent fabric, mainly silk. The outer shape of the sewed spaces depends on the site or is to be seen in relation to it. I like collaborating with other artists, musicians and choreographers, since there is a strong connection between colour, form, space, sound, light and movement. One can relate to the other or be transferred into one another. My sewed silk spaces can be seen as site-specifc work in which maybe another artist can produce an appropriate sound work or movement. A choreographical interpretation or interference could also be possible. Site and light are important factors of my work.
During my stay at Casa Na Ilha I would like to forward two things in particular. One is more directed towards the outside, the other one towards the inside. Talking about the so called outside first: I want to be working on colour concepts for schools and hospitals in particular. The aim behind is to serve health and wellbeing of children and people who are ill. I am deeply convinced that the surrounding environment is having a great impact on people and a bad environment can do much damage. In addition to this I would like to contribute to the wellbeing of the people who are living nearby. This could be very interesting I think. The more introspective part of my stay would be about art. I would like to develop my painting and installation work in a place where I will be surrounded by nature and where I will be free of every-day-life-distractions. Being in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment will enable me to exchange and share my ideas with others which I would highly appreciate. Short Biography _Fine Art studies: Karlsruhe (GER), Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, painting class Prof. Max G. Kaminski Berlin (GER), Hochschule der Kunste, painting class Prof. Lemke Brussels (B), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts Glasgow (UK), Glasgow School of Art _ scholarships: Glasgow (UK), Barcelone (S), Landau (GER) _ personal assistant of Marina Abramovic, Madrid, 1992
DESHAWN DUMAS – VISUAL ARTIST
DeShawn is interested in representations of the feminine divine as expressed in non- Western and Western societies. His project will explore the human-divine relationship by producing and researching images of God as the Great Mother, after the art historian Meinard Craighead. In particular he hopes to produce several small oil paintings depicting black Madonna as protector of the Earth.
‘By interacting with decedents of the indigenous population of llhabela, I hope to “absorb” the energy of the people and the island so as to transfer it into my paintings. This process might be described as a form of cathexis.’ Freud defined cathexis as the concentration of emotional and mental energy within an object, person or idea.
Arguably, the Earth has passed judgment on Western capitalistic society. Numerous biologist and conservationist agree that industrial capitalism has caused Earth to enter the ‘Sixth Great Mass Extinction’ of all flora and fauna. Along similar lines, the methods and values of neo-capitalism threaten the Caicaras people as well as the Atlantic rain forest. He wishes to objectify beauty and trauma, the intersection of spirituality and Western Imperialism.
He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
SHERRY HAWKINS – PAINTER AND ENVIROMENTAL ANALYST
My career as an environmental analyst has long mirrored my love affair with nature and my desire to capture beautiful moments observed outdoors and in my travels. Though not formally trained in art, I have taken many classes and workshops, sometimes in other countries, to enrich my repertoire of techniques. Although most at ease with oil paint, I also enjoy using water color I am also a proficient fused glass artist, and have had a fair body of work represented in galleries and shows. The challenge of transforming the cold hard properties of glass into light-filled sparkling landscapes and sea escapes is a fascination for me. Over and over, I find myself drawn to images of water - ocean waves, waterfalls, lake reflections and refractions. This theme recurs in much of my work in all the media in which I work.
During my time in Casa Na Ilha, I would like to pursue a project that I will call "Waters of the World." Using oil paint, and perhaps water color and mixed media, I would like to explore the creation of different water environments around our planet. I want to try to capture the mood and spirit of the selected places so that they will reveal my love and admiration for these locales. I hope to discover something new and engaging about the waters of Brazil and in your nature reserve.
MARNI MAREE – PAINTER
Marni's vibrant watercolors represent her love for drawing, desire to create
beauty and her inner joy. Her favorite subjects to paint are flowers, camels and scenes from her travels to the American West, Europe and Haiti. Marni never travels without her sketchbook and mini
painting supplies and is always ready to capture the spirit of the various cultures.
Marni teaches International Workshops in Laroque des Alberes, France (2014, 2015 and 2016), a Caribbean Cruise Workshop in January 2017 and Tuscany in June 2017. She also teaches Watercolor and Drawing at the Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA), The Loft Art Center (Occoquan, VA), Green Spring Gardens (Alexandria, VA), as well as private students in her studio (Springfield, VA). Her monthly Art Feast Watercolor Workshop is very popular with beginners as well as more experienced painters because Marni teaches the thrilling and surprising things that watercolor can do as well as provide a safe place to experiment and be creative with positive encouragement from Marni and the other students. Marni coordinates the Enrichment Program at Village of Hope School, Ganthier, in Haiti with www.villageofhopehaiti.org where she teaches Art classes every summer since 2007 to children ages 10 - 18 along with 14 other American and Haitian teachers of various hands on skills. As you might be able to tell, Marni loves to teach almost as much as she loves to paint.
Marni was an Artist in Residence in Dinan, France for the month of November
2016 where she focused on painting the town and surrounding areas. She has a solo exhibit at the Workhouse in April 2017 with all of the paintings created while in France and or inspired by her
travels through France.
Marni earned her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a freelance graphic artist after graduating but gradually transitioned to colored pencil and then to watercolors. Her primary medium is watercolor but she changes the surface on which she paints from paper to yupo (a slick plastic surface) to masa (rice paper), and canvas. Since watercolor acts different on each surface it is almost like changing mediums and the thrill of not knowing just what will happen makes each painting exciting.
Marni has a studio and exhibits continuously at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, participates in local group shows and has had a solo show about once a year for the past 17 years. She has won numerous awards for her watercolors.
Marni also has a studio at the Loft Art Center in Occoquan, VA. She is a member of the Springfield Art Guild, National Watercolor Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, a juried organization of professional watercolorists.
ANA DRUCKER - VISUAL ARTIST
Ana is a Mexican artist currently living in Barcelona. She has been living in Europe for 5 years and this experience has let her grow my interest for her Latin roots. She wants to meet, connect and collaborate with people, see a completely different side of the world, a world she haven’t been used to lately. She wants to connect with nature and be away from the big cities she has been living her whole life.
The project Ana will develop during her stay in Casa Na Ilha is about color. ‘I’ve had a huge obsession with color my entire life, and it’s been one of the main components in my work.’ She would like to do a strong research on the perception and relation between form and color, and how this transform our perception of the visible world. She thinks that the place at Casa Na Ilha will suit perfectly. ‘Nature is the richest in color but also because color is related to feeling and sensations, and I´m sure that I will discover new senses/colors.’ She wants to develop a graphic project, based in painting, digital manipulation and printing techniques. Her idea is to create a collection of experiments on color and how color can transform and blend depending on what other element is accompanying. She would also like to make a mural that synthesis her research and a long collection of prints that shows this color evolution.
She focus her work on visual experimentation, fascinated by texture and color, interested in raw material and the possibilities that range between the analog and the digital. When she decided she wanted to study art, she started working as an assistant for a ceramic workshop for Fundación Sebastián in Mexico City, then she decided to move to Barcelona, where she started working in a digital arts and music festival called MIRA. Now she is the visual curator for the festival, which has let her work with some of the best artists of contemporary electronic music and digital and arts. She also works as a graphic designer for a company named OPTIMUS. As a freelance artist she does album covers for musicians.
LYNN SORDS – PAINTER
I am a 70 year old retired accountant. Most of my life art has been observed and enjoyed but not experienced until I was in my late 40’s when I began to work with clay. Now I want to open up a new part of myself with watercolor. I moved from Virginia to San Antonio, TX, three years ago and on a return visit, attended a class taught by Marni Maree, which opened up a whole new artistic outlet. Sadly I have not yet found a painting group to work with and learn from here in San Antonio. So I take every opportunity I can to be with those artists from Virginia so I can expand my horizons. Although to my mind, I am very much a beginner, I feel a month to concentrate on painting in such beautiful surroundings couldn’t help but improve my ability. I will be bringing all my paints and paper and a painting stool/backpack that will allow me to sit most anywhere and paint.
TERRY HOLMAN – ENVIROMENTALIST AND PAINTER
I would like to use the time at Casa na Ilha to explore, develop, and refine my skills using nature and the ocean as my subject matter. I’m seeking to express my love of the ocean and the natural surroundings in my art.
I am a watercolor artist who embraces color and light in my work. My evolving body of work explores a variety of subject matter. My inspiration comes from nature, travels, and every day moments. Although I experiment with multimedia for fun, my passion is watercolor. Recently retired from a rewarding Federal career focused on environmental and ocean policy, I have a myriad of notebooks filled with artistic doodles, and have explored various artistic media, including textiles, ceramics, needle craft, and oil painting before finding and falling in love with watercolor. I am on the Board of Directors and member of the Springfield Art Guild. I am the co-chair of the Green Springs Gallery Art show. I have participated in local shows and have done commissioned work. My primary teacher is Marni Maree, and I have studies with Brigit O’Connor, Leslie Saeta, Robert Joyner, Paul Jackson, and Iain Stewart.
JANE ZWEIBEL – PAINTER
In my Midlife Mermaids series, I examine issues of female identity, gender, body image, body politic, sexuality, and aging. The faces and upper bodies of each mermaid consist of self-portraits expressing a variety of emotional and psychological states, including confrontation and contemplation. Within the shapes of the lower torsos and tails, I paint images of the mysteries, wonders, and wreckage of the sea: coral reefs, sea plants, and flowers, and the ruins of sunken ships. Opposites of vulnerability/power, beauty/ugliness, growth/decomposition, life/death, and fact/fiction are contained and expressed in these works. The process of making these pieces is labor-intensive. I call them “stuffed paintings”, which describes them as three-dimensional sculptural paintings. I hand sew and stuff the canvas forms with fiber, and paint the narrative images on the facades, using oil paint and glitter. In these works form and content merge in unusual and unique ways to address contemporary issues.
JEN CHANTRTANAPICHATE – VISUAL ARTIST
New York City - USA
Jen Chantrtanapichate is a multidisciplinary artist, community arts educator and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in 1988 in New York City and as a child, spent her summers in Thailand. She studied photography and painting at Goucher College and the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This year, she is expected to graduate with her Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. Utilizing her background in the arts and urban studies, in 2012, she co-founded an arts and urban sustainability youth program at the Sixth Street Community Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Jen’s visual arts work is highly process oriented and often a reflection of her inner conversations or current states of being. Always creating from a deep place of intuition, she is most inspired by her surroundings and the playful dynamics she identifies within spaces. While she doesn’t limit herself to one medium- her recent body of work has been intersecting the the use of paints and pastels and depicts the abstract landscapes of her fantasies. To remain continuously inspired, she travels as much as possible to explore new cultures and lands.
ELISA GHYSELS – SOCIAL RESEARCH
I am a Belgian global artist based in London using live performance, photography, costume and immersive environments as my mediums to experiment with current social issues and the aesthetics of our reality and our fantasies.
I always had a deep interest in politics but decided to go an artistic path as artists get to me much more optimistic and less realistic about the world we live in than politicians.
The political/social/cultural dimension is nevertheless still very much present in my pieces as I feel that as an artist, I have a social duty to talk about difficult issues and question our society.
I am now trying to define a methodology to make certain social issues more accessible and easier to discuss through artistic mediums and audience engagement.