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!







Sumner Brock is a painter, multi-media artist, and a graphic designer by trade. He is passionate about the intersection of community and creativity. He lives on a farm in the mountains of Southern Oregon. He has been featured in more than seven shows across Oregon and took part in an art residency outside of Bogotá, Colombia. He plays saxophone and is learning to play the banjo.








Ines Kaufmann (*1996) lives and works in Vienna. She is currently studying at the Academy of the Fine Arts in the Class extended painting expression of Daniel Richter. Her works thematize representations between figurative compositions and abstract play of colours. A game with the self and the collective body language defines itself playfully and humorously in their work process.

Compositions between collective pictorial sphere and animal abstraction. Body silhouettes look at each other, an encounter between eroticism and mythical origin of the natural. Between dirtiness and pureness, tenderness and dynamic structure, the boundaries of the images lie in the foreign, want to be. Closer to each other, closer to the self. Mythical moments between man, nature and life. The use of intermediate technique is a necessary item the way she works.











Victoria Chavez is a multi-media artist who dives into themes of spirituality, intellect, psychological behaviors, and mysticism. She has studies interior and graphic design. Her pieces often feature surreal and psychedelic imagery, which is imbued with spiritual symbolism and meaning. Through her art, Victoria aims to inspire others to explore the mystical and spiritual aspects of their own lives and to uncover mental and spiritual blockages that are stopping them from becoming their most happy and successful version of themselves.






Hanne Dahl Geving (b.1991) is a visual artist based in Trondheim, Norway. She has a master's degree in photojournalism from Mid Sweden University, Sweden, and a bachelor's degree in photography from the University of the Creative Arts,England. Geving has worked with different mediums including photography, video, performance, text and sound, where she explores acoustic environments and human response to sound and multisensory experiences. In her art practice, Geving is interested in exploring themes that affect the human mental and physical health, and how art can be used to deal with difficult situations and emotions.



Her work has been shown at various exhibition venues both nationally and internationally, such as, Centum för fotografi (SE), Kystmuseet i Sør-Trøndelag (NO) Truman Brewery (UK), Sundsvall Könstforening (SE), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (NO) and Porsgrunn Kunstforening (NE). Geving has worked with different artists which has resulted in both national and international collaborations and led to the establishment of the artist group HRKCollective.







Originating from Yorkshire, England, Sam Rock (b. 1987) is a photographer and film maker primarily based in London.

Rock’s imagery leans on his dedication and investigation of the expansive language of the medium in order to continuously evolve and maintain a fresh development of his work over time. Rock allows for time and intuition to craft photographs that excavate the mundane and nostalgia from the core of society. His work is characterised by a unique colour palate, romanticism and conversation between himself, his subject and their collaborators.

Rock is a regular contributor for magazines such as i-D and M Le Monde but is taking time away from editorial photography to concentrate on personal collections of work that have been evolving over many years. He is currently focused on exploring new approaches to the medium in order to expand attitudes within his output. 






Sara Perry-Din is an artist living and working in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). They graduated with a BFA from the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) in 2020 with a degree in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. Since then Perry-Din has been focused on consistently making and selling jewelry and other small objects from her studio space. In their making process, Perry-Din observes a curiosity for materials, assemblages, sensations, touch, and intuitive ways of making.

They identify as a formalist, valuing craft processes to experiment with materials and form. They retool to reveal new ways of mark-marking and other sensory experiences. Scissors become vehicles for stones to clang together, shells become headphones, mark-making becomes language, and tools are alphabets. 






Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) 

Six Nations Reserve 

Ontario, Canada


Elizabeth Hill is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada who writes and creates from experience and a passion for storytelling.  She is a songwriter, multi-disciplinary artist, and writer whose work has taken her to exploring Indigenous lands and voices around the world.  Exchanging songs, ideas, the power of sound and stories to celebrate the beauty of the good mind upon the earth she is an extremely dedicated artist.  


As an interdisciplinary artist, much of my work has been in music spanning decades of working as a singer songwriter, film, and theatre composer.  I have lately expanded further into my work with digital photography, field recording and soundscapes to reflect the environment, nature, and our connections with the land.  Sharing and working with groups of people in various communities shows the common threads throughout the world and reinforces the artistic and cultural connections that we all have. This is my opportunity to gather stories and recognize stories within a self-sustaining environment and to explore.  I am looking forward to spending time with other artists in consideration of communities who still live off their ancestral land to write, photograph, sound record and reach the possibilities in this experience.





Samantha Sponer is an interdisciplinary artist and great advocate of the purple color. Hailing from the magical and mythical city of Las Vegas, of which stands on the rightful land of the Southern Paiute people, the city's influence is clearly evidenced in their work as their frivolous &  flamboyant color palettes often juxtapose the ways in which the content of their work interrogates systemic injustices. Living now on the East coast of the U.S. Samantha currently studies at Tufts University where they are soon to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors in Civic Studies. They have shown work in several colorful places including the Loyola Marymount University's student art gallery and a handful of Tufts student galleries for photography and printmaking. Samantha hopes to heal the world with art and shall continue working towards a more purple future. 


Mixed media including collage, photography, textiles, painting, scratching, eating, and otherwise living are the artist's main strategies when it comes to creation. The body and our emotions inform the majority of their art practice especially concerning the topics of desirability and fuckability. Discrimination on the basis of body is Samantha’s primary object of art making in the hopes that their work can serve to educate and sway the public to humanize fat bodies. In the near future, they hope to get their masters degree in the fine arts and transform the art world into a fat friendly space. 




Zimbabwe/New Zealand


I am an Artist and a teacher. I was born in Zimbabwe and was trained at Rhodes university in South Africa. I now live and work in New Zealand and I work in ceramics painting and printmaking. I tend to work in cycles and themes and at the moment I am working on a series of prints inspired by the story of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I have been fascinated by finials which is the ornament at the top of buildings and how this narrative is a reflection of the culture of the place it is situated. I plain to travel around Europe for 4 months from May and document these finials on my journey. These drawings and photographs will result in ceramic work that I intend to make on my return to New Zealand. 




Kehinde Temitope Awoyele, female artist from Lagos, Nigeria.  A visual artist, a craftperson and all round creative individual. I owns a media company: Kennies Media Art located in the Central Business District of Lagos, Nigeria. Having more than 10 years’ experience working with clients from all works of life in solving their most difficult concepts, leveraging expertise in the field of visual arts, user experience while employing the best tool for the job.


I use digital graphical tools to bring ideas to life in the most convincing form possible. I see everything in their art form first before anything else. I create business promotional materials, souvenirs and help startup business owner to create eye-popping design for their business needs. I explore new creativity every moment and at every opportunity I get.

In the process of exploration, I started resin craft and working with epoxy resin among other medium, been a growing trend in the art world and using it to create keychains, wall murals, trays, ornament e.t.c.  make me see the other side of me in the creative journey.


CASA NA IIHA Art in Residency programe would help me keep in touch with the world outside my own where I will met with new peers and mentors and it will offer me time to think, space to work and peace of mind for my creative process. I will achieve a lot after the duration of my stay and it will be a memorable experience there.







Benedetta Giuidi was born im Rome the 03/09/93, she attended the Waldorf school, and the artistic high school of Ripetta in Rome, she continued her art studies at ArtEZ: the Academy of Fine Arts and design in Holland, after four years she goes back to Rome where she continues to paint and cultivates the other big passion for sport and dance, she becomes a sport teacher.
In 2020 she finishes a master in art management with the Sole 24h business school in Rome and start to work at the famous museum Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Modera for one year, at the moment she is a dance instructor and she makes art projects with paintings and performances.  Art and sport have helped her a lot to increase a sense of discipline and constancy.

art is research, it is a path of the soul, an awakening of the spirit, it is the answer to questions which in turn produce new ones. For me, art is like a symphony of senses, talking about art is
 like talking about love.






Heather Deyling is an artist whose current and ongoing body of work, the “Invented Hybrids” series, includes sculpture, installation, works on paper and glass. Her studio practice is inspired by research and observation of natural forms, eco-fiction and climate change. She earned an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA from Kent State University. Deyling has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA and group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA and the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC and Day and Night Projects in Atlanta, GA, as well as  two-person exhibitions at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA and 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL. Deyling lives and works in Atlanta. 






Frewuhn is a multidisciplinary artist immersed in expanding the ways we listen and expand through improvisation. She graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in History, and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Theological Studies: Religion in the Arts in Nashville, TN. She utilizes performance as a “vehicle of benevolence,” applying it as process making/ tool shaping methodology.

It is within spaces of retreat and experimentation the process of her work evolves the material. During her time at Casa na Ilha, Frewuhn will rest and heal in nature, experiment with movement, field recordings and take the time to develop a theater of sound.





Anders McDonald is a photographer with over 35 years photographic experience. Starting with film and a home dark room, he has transitioned to the digital era and is now skilled in all facets of photography. Anders has won recognition for his photography by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and works from his studio in Warburton, just outside Melbourne, Australia.


"This year represents the first time post Covid that I am able to concentrate on a new environmental project about the impact of the Anthropocene on the marine / water environment. My concern is that the issue is “out of sight, out of mind” compared with other issue we have direct exposure to like global warming, climate change, the decline in trust in institutions, Trumpism, the ugly and unsustainable growth out on the urban fringes of our cities and more.


You can see the body of my work at www.andersart.gallery.


Proposal for my work at the residency


Whilst all these things confront us on dry land, under the surface of the water the destruction continues "out of sight". Destruction of the physical environment, lifeforms in the oceans, habitats, plastics and other forms of dumping our trash go largely un-noticed except by those people and communities directly affected.


So, with my camera and underwater housing, I plan to shoot in the “near urban environment” to document what is happening globally and locally. If possible, I hope to do this with the collaboration of local folks who would be prepared to get in to the water with me. I am happy to try and source these people myself, or accept any advice you may have about sourcing local people.


If a visual artist can bring the ‘out of sight” into sight, then perhaps the conversations and actions can change. My aim is to make a small contribution to that.


I have visualised several approaches to this from the abstract which will make the viewer do the work, to the caricature of media advertising of “glamorous” locations, resorts, excursions etc. I would like to build on the ideas with the folks on the residency to get a more solid notion of the way the project will be styled, but it will definitely be an eye opener.






Art is magic. It is my belief that the healing process of creating art, individually and collectively, gets us closer to ourselves, each other, and the greater Mystery that connects us together.

What is lost when trans people cannot share ministry and flourish in a spiritual community? 

This project draws inspiration from my own spiritual journey and the Quaker faith practice of continued revelation.  In this tradition each person has necessary gifts to share so that a community may come together to know the divine more wholly. Similar to the story of the blind mice each seeing a tiny piece instead of the whole elephant, it is in community with others that faith practitioners can begin to see a clearer picture of ever revealing Truth. As a community, Trans people are regularly othered in communities of worship and abused in the name of faith. Through a series of intimate and worshipful conversations, I will build community with fellow trans faith practitioners to share spiritually meaningful stories.  By using the practice of reverse drawing on a dark background, I suggest the ways in which we as trans faith practitioners must create our own light, often working in ways that appear to opposite common practice as we reveal greater truths about ourselves and our experience of the divine. I intend to incorporate collage elements indicative of both religious trauma as well as religious inspiration to show the complex environment that each faith story springs from. 

Casa Na Ilha offers a unique opportunity for me to connect art work, spiritual practice, and family history. I will connect for the first time with places my grandparents lived in Sao Paulo, where my mother was born and spent her childhood, and meet a new generation of family.  Additionally, a significant portion of my project centers around trans embodied religious experience.  While growing up, my mother taught me and my sister some practices and stories about Orisha and syncretism from Candomble. I have been exploring these parts of my religious practice and I would be able to engage with them more directly with local practitioners.  Finally, As Brazil has the highest rate of trans murder in the world and is also the largest Catholic country in the world, engaging in this project at Casa Na Ilha has the potential to add particular depth and healing to the work.





Martin Beauregard is a contemporary artist and researcher in 3D printing, environmental art, and eco-design at the University of Québec in Canada. He holds a double doctorate from the University of Québec in Montréal (Canada) and the University Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne (France). His artwork has been featured in international exhibitions including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada), Forum des images and Rencontres-internationales de Paris (France), Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (Germany), Festival International d’Art Video (Casablanca, Maroc), CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art (Bordeaux, France) and Asahi Art Square (Tokyo, Japan). He also leads a research team at the Intersectoral 3D Printing Laboratory of Arts, Natural Science and Engineering at the University of Québec in Canada.


During his time in residence Martin will develop a project that involves a co-creative and eco-poetic approach to the landscape of the island through the exploration of the manufacture of sculptures based on clay and residues of sugar cane, coffee or green coconut, which explore the cultural and natural histories of the place. The production of new biomaterials and a new work will enhance, through the creation of objects or an in-situ installation, a form of dialogue between human and other-than-human. The creation of a 3D scan and a 3D printed work from biomaterials will be created in and with the natural environment. The sculpture will participate in a renewal of the practice of land art using materials from nature (wood, stone, sand, rock, etc.). This project proposes to work with the natural erosion of prefabricated materials, to play on the principle of an ephemeral art and to open on a metaphorical level, a questioning on the imprint of man in the landscape and on the conditions change in the use of materials that will be responsive to the environment. This project will carry out a partnership with the laboratory of my research team and will integrate 3D scan and 3D printed elements. He participates in the use of residues in sculpture, while being the bearer of a reflection on eco-responsibility, the representation and management of the territory and heritage.






Brazil/ U.S.A



Beneath her amiable personality burns a fire to express life through art and dialog. Samantha da Silva (born 1978 Santos, São Paulo, Brazil) is a professional artist and educator living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. 

Having traveled extensively and acquired (nearly) three citizenships, da Silva's paintings are a visual narrative of unrelenting feminine power and the exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage and the eternal sense of home. Against the remarkable backdrop of the American West - a place as fierce as it is exquisite - da Silva navigates her paintings with ritual, grace and quiet force.

Da Silva infuses her environment into her work using: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from The Great Salt Lake, plaster, repurposed paint, metallic pigments and newspaper to create ethereal, textured abstracts.









Jacob Greiff was born in a small town in Idaho named Sandpoint. Topped on with being born with nystagmus (an eye condition which causes very rapid eye movement) would phased Jacob to reside into a sketchbook, drawing imaginary people in imaginary worlds, free of mocking and finger pointing. Later on Jacob would attend the AP Art program in his high school, however plans of going to college where never in the eyes of Jacob: as he puts it “You don’t need a piece of paper to say your artist.” Therefore Jacob has been spending the last few years vigorously painting and learning new techniques and skills with the infinite teachings of the Internet. 

This although only leads so far. Jacob believes the true way of expanding one’s consciousness is experience. Jacob has felt culturally deprived in recent years after his trip to Los Angeles and Miami and returned to his cultural pocket in the mountains of Idaho. Forced to reflect on his life and the narrow point of views of those around him, he desperately wants to explore the far reaches of  human experiences on this planet to help shape  his point of consciousness while reflecting that onto his art. He believes the answer to the worlds problems is to understanding and empathize with others.

Jacob hosts a podcast “Birth death and the stuff in between” where he interviews all walks of life with no judgement, to not argue, but to hear their perspective and how it parallels his own.

His dream is traveling the world interviewing and painting all walks of life and doing his part of helping the world reach a better place.









REALITY:  experienced, abstracted and reimagined


I have spent time drawing inspiration from the local Essex landscape and turning the visual cues into a personal abstract, artistic language made of geometric structuring, mark-making and patterning.  My paintings scramble together snippets of this information with other experienced places, both physical and virtual, to present a ‘compilation landscape’. A reconstructed, collaged tableaux of nowhere, but with the perception of being somewhere.  After all, it was Plato who said that beauty lies not in the real world but in geometry. Albeit my work is not calculated but intuitive and expressionistic.


The selection of hues, their location and worked surfaces are decisive factors. Layering paint or exposing the substrate, heighten the patterning and mark-making to produce a colour conversation.


Concerns that feed into my work, although perhaps under the radar include; ‘boundaries’, the physical, territorial and arbitrary lines that denote ownership: and “climate’ the pollution and destruction of our time on this planet and what we leave as our legacy.





Instagram: @sally.burch





Cathy Droney also known as catzydjuju, is an Irish Artist living in Dublin, who illustrates depictions of the carnal side of womanhood, creating a drawing a day that she shares on Instagram. 

Cathy's style of dark gothic humour and expressionist satire is unveiled through storytelling and fables of today's woman, which she displays with the unnerving childlike joy of rhymes. She openly and bravely states some generally whispered or unspoken aspects of being female, all with the intention of making you laugh









Having studied Fine Art at Wimbledon College and a year at Goldsmiths college, I was lucky to be employed by London Weekend Television as a Set Designer. I worked on a huge range of programmes from light entertainment to drama, “Dempsey and Makepeace“ through to “Poirot”. An exciting time in TV production. 
Leaving TV after having children I continued to work in various art forms, pottery through to printing, specialising now in Etching and Monoprint Inspiration has come from trips to Japan, Kimono, Cambodia, foliage and costume. 

I will spend my time sketching, photography and painting, and collecting information for future work.











Judith Klain began painting as a teenager when she attended New York City’s Cooper Union weekend program for high school students in 1975. After many years’ hiatus, (raising and fostering kids, working in public health and homelessness services, getting a Masters degree…life) she began painting again when she found a community of other artists at San Francisco Art Institutes Adult Continuing Education.


“I felt as if I my soul got re-awakened. The kinship and stimulation I get from my teacher and fellow cohort of artists makes it possible for me to consistently experiment and grow in my work.”


Judith works in oils, acrylics, pastels, cold wax and collage. Her paintings which are abstract and abstract figurative depict the unconscious and pre-verbal path of her life.  Her bold use of color and texture explode in emotion and vulnerability.


“The evolution of my work corresponds with my emotional and spiritual development. The arts have provided me the medium to resolve early traumatic experiences of which I have no words to express cognitively.  It is cathartic.”

Judith’s work is shown regularly at City Arts Gallery, an artist’s coop in St. San Francisco. You can also schedule an appointment to view her work at her studio.


 After retiring in 2016, Judith attended Tamalpa Institute and was certified as an Expressive Art Therapist. She works with clients one-on-one and is also available to do community workshops on relevant social and personal issues.


Art Heals!!!



While at Na Ilha Artist residency, Judith hopes to be inspired by the natural beauty, rhythm and life of the island and to incorporate that into her paintings and drawings. She is also hoping to collaborate with NGO’s through expressive arts to support social and personal causes through a joint yet to be determined artistic project.   






Cara De Angelis was born and raised in the wilds of New England. She has been a recipient of the CT Office of the Arts Fellowship Grant, as well as the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Grant. She has had fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, the Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Troy, New York. In 2010 she was awarded full residency at the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, along with a Guggenheim travel grant. She is also a beneficiary of the Rudolph Zallinger Painting Award. 


In 2011, Cara graduated with her Master’s degree from the New York Academy of Art where she participated in Master Classes with Jenny Saville and Vincent Desiderio. In January 2017 her work “Donald Trump with a Crown of Roadkill” garnered national attention and was seen in Newsweek,NYLON, W Magazine, and was even spoofed by Jon Stewart on the Late Show.



Her work has been exhibited throughout the country, and recently sold at Sotheby’s NYC. Her work is represented by gary marotta fine art in Provincetown, MA and MM Fine Art in Southampton, NY.







I explore the essence of our universe through amorphous figures made up of light and darkness. My current practice revolves around the relationship between physics, hermeticism, alchemy, and spirituality, focused on vibration, the spirit, and transcendence as dialogical concepts between the fields mentioned. I work mainly with abstraction in painting and printmaking as a means to represent what is outside of our sensible plane.


My interest in the similarities between Hermeticism and Quantum Physics is that they both look for the essential connections in the universe, one from a spiritual viewpoint and the other scientific.  I believe that it is essential for human beings to understand that we are all connected, and not just to each other but also to nature. The main problems that we face today as mankind is that we are not empathetic and respectful  to others and to the world we live in. man is not the center of this life, we are not superior beings, and we have to stop treating the world and the earth as something inferior to us, which has no apparent "consciousness". If we open our eyes and understand that we are all in essence the same we will treat our planet and all that lives within it with greater respect. We are intrinsically connected to every living being, and everything that exists.



This is what I seek to convey through the artistic representations that I will make during the residency. Through paintings and drawings. The series will continue a current exploration of representing "windows" to another reality, to the spiritual dimension of nature, to show that it is as alive as we are. 


Instagram @sofialrich








Elizabeth Kirschner is a writer and Master Gardener, who lives in Southern Maine. She's published

many books, including a short story collection titled, BECAUSE THE SKY IS A THOUSAND SOFT

HURTS. She's currently working on a second volume of stories, which I will bring with me


to Casa Na Ilha. It's titled LEARNING TO HIT MY MOTHER.



With the support of by the project implemented at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland




The last of my works was created with the involvement of my 6-year-old daughter. For over a month we have been collecting plastic thrown out by the sea on the Island of Gran Canaria.
 The material I collected during the educational month was used to create a site specific installation and then to create interactive lamps made of plywood waste and samples of collected plastic.

I would like to continue this process. Considering the fact that Brazil is struggling with the problem of plastic pollution in its waters, it will be an ideal destination for my creative explorations.




Dominika is an artist, , exhibition designer, academic teacher, PhD in Fine Arts. Vice-dean of the Faculty of Interior Architecture, Design and Stage Design of the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts and Design (PL) and the head  of the Interactive Space Design laboratory of the Interior Architecture & Design Faculty of the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts and Design (PL). In the period 2013-15 researcher within the Thematic Spaces Department of EXPO 2015, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano (IT). Author of numerous interactive installations, experimental projects dedicated to public space. Co-author of Interactive Playground, project realized in 2008 together with Patrycja Mastej and Paweł Janicki, produced by WRO Art Center which so far has been experienced by over three hundred thousand viewers in major art galleries and museums – from Moscow to Edinburgh. Her activity revolves around the idea of dialogue between the work of art and the audience. Realized objects often occur as small architectural forms prompting onlookers to a deeper interaction.











Alaia De Santis is a multi faceted London based artist. Alaia began her arts education at Hampstead Fine Arts, before moving on to study at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Alaia then went on to specialize in both print making at Parson School of Design and painting at the University of Arts London Camberwell. Alaia’s work explores the history of popular images and iconography through collage, film and painting. Her works touch on an uncanny kind of familiarity juxtaposed with commercial surreality.







PeiChin CHIANG was born in Taiwan, has lived in Singapore and India.

She is an essayist, fiction writer, and journalist responding to underrepresented people, social and labor issues in Asia. Her most recent writing is the post-memory about rites of passage in the form of prose: “Uncover the shell”. The book she wrote records the process and details of a traditional funeral in Taiwan and portrays the grief and condolence from the living, her, as a suicide survivor.
She also uses different media for creation, such as video and visual art installations. She once held an artist-in-residence exhibition in Matsu, Taiwan, and joint exhibition in the historic district of Bopiliao, Taiwan.
She works as a storyteller and communicator in the public and business world. She obtained a Global MBA, ESSEC Business School (École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales) from Singapore and France, Master and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Chemistry from National Taiwan University.





I am the author of several books of poetry, including Impossible Object, which received the Tenth Gate prize from Word Works press. I am currently working on a manuscript of poems titled “Dry Spell,” which focuses on endangered species and disappearing ecosystems. For this book, I am trying to develop a poetics that can address the experience of living in the midst of a sixth extinction event, with dangerous weather and a destabilized environment. The manuscript includes a series of poems about endangered species, like the California grizzly and the Florida panther, and also place-based poems that explore the cultural and ecological history of endangered environments like the Salmon River estuary in Oregon and the Colorado river in Arizona. I have also been working on a series of poems about the 18th century Dutch/German artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, whose most famous prints are based on her stay in Suriname. I am excited to learn about the flora and fauna of the area around Casa Na Ilha and have a first-hand encounter with some of the plants and creatures that appear in Merian’s images from Suriname, like the Blue Morpho butterfly in this print.





In 2014, I moved to Montréal (Canada) from my hometown, where I was lucky to grow up surrounded by forest, fields and lakes. Such a drastic change inspired reflection about the way we interact with nature and how we impact the environment. At first, the transition manifested in my artistic practice through photographs and sculptures that combined city-scapes with country scenery - sometimes in contrast to each other, other times simply co-existing. While completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University, I found myself drawn to installation art and painting, exploring themes such as mental illness, the stigma attached to it and the importance of taking care of ourselves as well as our earth. Regardless of the medium or specific topic, my work emphasizes the concept of change - both in our physical world and in emotional states.


Last year, I co-curated an exhibition that embraced the struggles of artists facing mental health issues. The exhibition title, Tides, (suggested by my colleague Debora Alanna) meant a lot to me. The ocean’s ever-changing state compares to one’s emotional journey: some days are easier than others. Like many things in nature, feelings come in waves. I have been drawn to water for as long as I can remember and that obsession has begun flowing into my artistic practice.



My time at Casa Na Ilha will be used to explore ways of depicting my favourite element. Water is essential for life yet it can also be fatal. I plan on working mainly with watercolour, charcoal, graphite and acrylic paint and using photography to inspire large-scale paintings once in my studio back home. Though the ocean is my main focus, I will spend some time observing the exotic wildlife on the island and am excited to discover how those creatures will impact my work.  





Samantha Morris was born in 1995 and grew up in Madison, Connecticut; she now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Morris graduated from The University of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing. In addition, she is continuing her graduate studies in the MFA Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute. Solo exhibitions include:  Kanna Rými, Listhús Gallery in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland; and BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Space Between, The University of the Arts. Selected group exhibitions include Black and White, Site:Brooklyn, Paperworks, b.j spoke gallery and Space Invaders, Fountain Street Gallery among others. Morris’ work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine and Underground Pool.



“My large monochromatic graphite drawings and prints suggest the experience of an individual traveling through a space. Exploring place through architecture, interiors, and plant life, I am fascinated by the feeling of light and its stillness. Through the labor intensive mark-making process, internal light emerges from the work. By questioning both specificity and ambiguity, the work exists in the in-between.”






My name is Chyna Cassell and I am a Liberian-American multi-disciplinary artist whose main modes of expression are fiction writing,  languages and linguistics, and visual storytelling. My time at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in New York has allowed me the freedom to experiment with and explore my different interests while accruing first-hand experiences. I have been able to shape my politics and be surrounded by highly creative individuals who have inspired me to see my own capacity for creativity. 


Up to this point, I have studied a handful of languages (both independently and formally) including French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, etc. and I have been tutoring French for the past two years. I welcome immersive experiences so I am grateful to take part in Casa Na Ilha for this reason, too. Literature, as a reader and a writer, has become an integral part of my life and I also look forward to adding to my collection of short stories and further developing some fiction novels I have started as well. By the time I am at Casa Na Ilha, I will have graduated from my undergraduate studies and I look at this as an opportunity to continue gaining knowledge about myself and the world around me.


 Anything imaginable has the potential to be real within a story and my work serves to challenge myself and others to use our imaginations as a tool for fashioning the type of world we want to inhabit. My work reflects my own dynamic nature and the overall goal of it is to facilitate a constant conversation between structures at play, the collective community, and the individual.


Instagram: @chynacassell






When I started my artistic career, I looked to the most immediate and most abundant resource I had at my disposal, namely, junk mail. The prospect of reusing what was to become trash appealed to my concern for the environment. Moreover, the transformation of that which is worthless into something valuable resonated with my own journey of reinventing my life. I now create reliefs and sculptures out of office paper, magazines, newspapers, phone books, and even coffee filters. I carefully sift and sort through a variety of paper in order to create a color palette. I then roll, coil and weave the selected paper to form different textures. The result is a series of artworks that showcase not only technique but also meaningful personal experiences."


During the artist-in-residence program at Casa na Ilha I will be working on a new art series, Abroad, that tells the stories of immigrants to unfamiliar lands. The series is inspired in particular by the struggles and triumphs experienced by the Brazilian community in The United States. I am myself one such immigrant. 



Abroad goes beyond the traditional news media approach to talking about immigration. The series has no intention of criticizing or justifying any side of this polarized issue. Instead, Abroad opens a window into the heart of immigrants in order to portray their personal experiences to the viewer.






Adapting art as a way of living, I tend to immerse myself in unfamiliar environments, traveling through space like a nomad searching for a new oasis to live in. At the basis of this search is the creation and expansion of a visual language that compounds both conscious and subconscious visual experience, informed by the experience of diverse and unfamiliar cultural, lingual and architectural experiences.


A series of questions stem to mind during this research, what makes an art object? If intent is intrinsic to an art object, to what degree is making necessary? In the words of Joseph Beuys "every sphere of human activity, even peeling a potato can be a work of art as long as it is a conscious act," the idea being that every decision you make should be thought out and attempt to make or contribute to the formation of a work of art able to mirror the contemporary.  While intent appears to be key in generating art objects, the physical act of making remains an integral part of my practice.


Mixing gathered materials, mainly from natural sources such as rocks, plants and earth. The chemical reactions that occur when mixing these materials are recorded and constitute the painted surface. This search for materials took me to use blood as medium, recycling my biological waste of my monthly cycles, giving this condition a chance to get closer to femininity and my own body. 


Blood has been use throughout art history as a pigment, to make statements in relation to violence, gender equality, religion and the politics of menstruation. This in turn sparked the need to get closer to my body, inducing me to create a microscope constituted primarily of a web cam and a projector. I made a record of all the materials used through photographs and videos.


Through this research it became apparent that my interest in the corporal was intrinsic to nature, questioning the modes of display adopted in my practice. The traditional white neutral space felt limiting, pushing me to create and search for new ways of expression. Using sculpture, slide protectors, microscopes, photography, video, painting, found objects with the aim of creating installations, being more flexible and playful with space and my own ideas without limiting the making. Having the opportunity to be in a new space and environment I am hoping to to develop a new series of installations with what the place itself will give me. Making immersive spaces with objects, sculptures, and projected images and videos of the vast microscopic world that surround us.



Odilia Martinez-Falero Suanzes was born in 1993 in Madrid. She graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2016, where she won The Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduated Show. She was selected to do a residency at the Griffin Gallery just before finishing her degree and has been doing a number of residencies ever since, which nowadays is a big part of her practice and her artistic development. Odilia is part of the Brocket Gallery, where she has done a number of exhibitions in London and out of London.





During my artistic journey of self discover, the idea of identity and transformation  is present on all of my projects. It’s amazing to me how human beings are so adaptable and how never stop transforming ourselves during our life and even during death. We are innitely connected to the earth with our body, and to the universe with our mind or our soul. I like to think that when a body dies he is consumed by the earth and somehow we are born from the earth again. As many life beings, we are just passing by. We are only here by a short period of time, so our soul can learn from our actions and to grow. I’ve always studied and searched for philosophical theories about the process of transformation physically and psychologic of a body during life and how that affects our identity. Since we change so  many times through life, physically and psychologically, it’s inevitable to think that it’s at the moment when we take our last breath that we will nally know who we truly are, because we just spent the amount of time we had on this earth trying to discover it. But in another way, not everyone is lucky enough to get to the end of their lives and find peace. In this case I believe that knowing who I am, and what I’m capable of would bring the happiness and peace that we are all searching for, since there are no more doubts about our role on this Earth. So I started looking for philosophical theories about the theory of reincarnation and how this can be the only way for self discover, and a way to get to true happiness. With this in mind, and since the process of self discovery goes through communication with one another, the project that I would like to develop during my stay at Casa na Ilha is about the idea of memories that got lost in time and space. I pretend to develop a Photo Book where the idea is to search for the stories of self discovery of the habitants of the island, and how do they see their selves when it comes to their identity. I pretend to work with their personal archive, to know what stories made them who they are today and photograph that personal archive of theirs whether that would be photographs, letters, post cards, books… I want to know how they communicate with each other, which letters they wrote that never got delivered, what thoughts do they had that never had the chance to be heard, what text did they wrote to someone and never had the courage to share, the letters that keep memories, the love stories that got lost in time, and what is their perspective when it comes to identity, transformation and memory. Summing up, I want to photograph these memories and to do something that I’ve never done before on my journey as a visual artist. I want to do a documental Photo Book about these people and I hope to somehow find my own consolation on my personal search for my identity. I’m going to document the memories of the habitants, write about them and make my own photographic interpretation through self portraits.











Joe Ward is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York and the principal and creative director of Joe Ward LLC, a digital and communications strategy group in New York City. He studied design at George Washington University (Washington, DC) and painting at the New York Studio School Of Drawing, Painting, And Sculpture (New York, NY). Using an abstract approach, Joe creates work with oil paint, acrylics, drawing, and digital.







United Kingdom



I have lived in Britain my whole life, mainly in London. I am a full time practising artist, dividing my time between making personal work and also commercial work to pay the bills. Last year I was extremely lucky to have my first solo show at T J Boulting gallery in London, and to get the opportunity to photograph the musician Bjork - who was attracted to my visceral aesthetic. After a busy year I am focusing on meeting other artists, creating stronger ideas, developing my practice and travelling as much as possible. When I travel I am particularly drawn to Latin America, there is an energy there that really appeals to me and inspires my work.

When I travel, it is not the overall grand landscape scenes I am attracted to photograph - they do not even tempt me. I am drawn in by the smaller details that I believe are the true character & story in a place - wether that be a city, a jungle, a forest, a junk yard, a beach. Details like the flies & insects on rotten fruit, the rubbish left behind, the language of food and consumption, the human mark left behind on nature. 

The everyday is what inspires me. What others see as mundane or disgusting, I am drawn too and use these to transform my surroundings, creating a semi faux reality. I have mostly done this in a studio set up, but following a residency in Columbia earlier this year, where I truly felt travelling helped me completely lose my ego & sense of self, I am more inspired to continue travelling & created these faux realities in a true setting - romanticising real places, people, objects whilst staying true to their natural core. 


During this residency I would like to expand on these ideas (our relationship with food, waste and nature), but within the amazing setting of Brazil. I aim to make larger scale images, using fauna I would have no access to here in the U.K. I want to bring my studio set ups into real life.





Alyson Doyle is a playwright, and theatre artist. She is working towards staging her first, full-length production In 2020. Folly Adieu, was inspired by traditional power dynamics of mental health treatment in western society. It was also inspired by her affection  for the Great American Songbook, Mr Bob Dylan, and mask-making. Several characters in the play are famous literary figures disguise as animals. 


While in residence in Casa Na Ilha, Alyson hopes to take a break from overthinking, and focus on adding to her collection of Buddhist inspired, comedic poetry. She hopes to sketch and photograph wild life, that will inspire both new masks, as well as ecologically friendly means of creation. Brazil, after all, is the place that inspires eclectic, electric Carnevale costumes, and Alyson will be eternally grateful to let a little of that energy and ambience seep into her work. 4







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





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.  



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.





South Korea


I enjoy walking with light and soft steps and observing the neighborhood like an urban wanderer. Using objects and situations captured in such a time as a subject matter, I am developing daily stories and ideas following one after another. Besides, I am writing down stories on a city and its culture with images created based on color pencil drawing and oil painting.



Graduated from a Dept. of Painting & Printmaking, College of Art & Design, Ewha Womans University, and took a master’s degree in the graduate school of the same university, majoring in painting and printmaking. Had 5 solo exhibitions beginning from the one at Space 15th(Seoul, Korea) including Pickled Art Unit One(Beijing, China), and participated in many large-scaled domestic and foreign group exhibitions. Joined in many exchange exhibitions with Chinese artists, particularly, starting from a residence program by Beijing Creation Studio, Kwangju Museum of Art in 2011. Also participated in the Canadian project exhibition called (DA BAO)(TAKE OUT) from 2012 to 2014 as the only Korean artist.




Paul Hunter is a self-taught oil painter. His work is representational land and seascapes. He continues to challenge himself with differing subjects. Mr. Hunter graduated not with a BFA but a BS in accounting. Finding the time to paint was a luxury. Nearly all his time was consumed while pursuing a successful career in banking, raising two children and providing for his family. Pauls’ talents comes from good pedigree. His Great grandfather, Robert Harper Hunter was an accomplished early 20th Century oil painter in New York City. Many of his works are in private collections. He was also considered one of Tiffany’s finest stain glass artists. There is a letter of reference from the founder of Tiffanys Describing him as one of Tiffanys “finest”. Living in the Hudson Valley has greatly influenced Pauls’ work. Lakes, mountains, winter scenes are some of the subject matter he enjoys painting. The Hudson Valley has inspired artists since advent of the 19th century art movement known as the “Hudson River School”. A renowned group of professional Artists. Fredric Church, Thomas Cole and others. For Paul, whats old in style, is new. It’s time for a re-birth of realism and representational art. In 2016 Paul was juried selected at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony “artist in residency” program, Woodstock NY. His painting “Cooper Lake” was showcased at the famed “Kleinert/James Center for the Arts" Woodstock NY in 2017. Other notable exhibits includes “Arts in the Park” festival in Piermont, NY. His work is currently on exhibit at the “Clarksville Art Gallery” West Nyack, NY. He has exhibited his work in numerous boutique venues throughout the area. Some of his work can be seen on Instagram @Hunter_Art_Works. Paul is retired and resides in beautiful Piermont, NY. Pauls best friend and roommate is Buster the Beagle.