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!
LAUREN CULBRETH – VISUAL ARTIST
"After receiving a BFA in painting
from Pratt Institute, in 2007, Lauren Culbreth has gone on to create cutting edge visual / window displays for companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace and Gucci. The
experience with large scale, fast paced, visual installations has garnered a restrained eye for composition and technical interest in spatial relationships.
An artist with a love of texture, color and a playful sense of whimsy, Culbreth enjoys exploring new methods of working with unlikely combinations of materials in her art. Some past combinations include; pinwheels with spray paint, crayons with ice, and wool with enamel paint. The hope is to create artworks with sumptuous colors and textures, with a final product that evokes a joyful curiosity in the viewer.
During the residency the goal is to recommit to a daily fine arts practice, creating a series of realistic botanical studies of the local flora and fauna. Additionally, a large scale interactive installation using an abundance of colorful ribbon and hand formed recycled metal charms that interact with the wind in the outdoor environment. This would create a "wind chime" effect and engage the senses in both sound and sight, with a final effect that is a beautiful bright visual contrast to the natural environment."
ANNIQUE MONET – SOUND AND MUSIC
Annique’s musical odyssey began at a young age in South Florida. Her talented parents saturated their home with serenades and truly ignited her passion for the craft. In 2013, she ventured to NYC and created her debut album, “Phantom Letters”, released on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. She alone produced every sound using her vocals, midi-keyboard, ukulele, omnichord, and other various instruments. Musical passion aside, Monet has also been involved in visual arts for many years and created all album art and music videos for her first release. A second album is currently in the works and will feature new members and a wider variety of instruments. http://www.anniquemonet.com/
NAAISHA HANNEF - GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ VISUAL ARTIST
I'm an imaginative soul inspired by nature. My curiosity to explore and interact with nature grabbed my attention to participate in your Art Residency. The diversity of the Island Illabela will give me a superb chance to see its rainforest, waterfalls, shorelines where I have never been. Additionally on the off chance that I get chosen on this, will be the first occasion to travel to Brazil. I would love to find out more about the Brazilian culture. The main objective of coming to the retreat is for me to collaborate and additionally build up my aptitudes and abilities by working with other innovative personalities. I had been working consistently, during my break this year I chose to travel to a place where I could learn and receive something in return.
During my stay in the house, my idea is to exhibit my Yoga and Art journey in a radical point of view. To Perform an aerial silk sequence by projecting my artworks to the set of postures I demonstrate. I will be developing on a concept and practicing my routine. A blend of both my professions as a creative expression.
I want to remain detached to gadgets and completely concentrate on my venture, tuning into the sound of nature peacefully. Contemplate each morning to get a clearer thought of what I'm going to feature. I trust that taking an interest in your art residency will develop myself as an artist and a performer. Here in Maldives openings are exceptionally limited and at this moment I'm hoping to explore the world to additionally build up my abilities, to share and educate what I can offer. Anticipating for this open door.
MARJOLIJN KOK AND LINE KRAMER – ARTISTS - THEORETICAL ARCHAEOLOGIST AND SOCIAL RESEARCHER
marjolijn kok and line kramer form the collective called THE KOKRA FAMILY. Their project starts from a marriage of two artists and develops into a social critical body. “Being a same-sex couple, working both on our own oeuvres, it has become increasingly important for us to make work together.” This work has its roots in family structures, at the same time they are interested in more theoretical topics in art at large, such as the ways of representation. Being aware that we are a representation of ourselves, they are keen on researching how or what representation is. They look forward to participate in Casa Na Ilha since they have found that their cooperation have benefited from residencies as we are not distracted by everyday issues.
Their research into the concept of family encompasses:
- the material culture of a family: by making inventories of households or map houses.
- gender related issues such as patriarchy and queer families.
- family cultures; specific ways doing or of representation.
- family histories, embedded in photographs and stories.
- artificial families, or communes, collaborations, political bodies (inclusion).
- the non-family (exclusion).
They have been working as artists in residency on Fogo Island where they spent a lot of time being open and hospitable to the communities, they gave lectures at the school and their studio was always open for everyone. They still nurture their contacts with the local people. On Fogo Island they focussed on inclusion and exclusion, culminating in our work 'The Pink Gaze'. On Iceland they investigated a remote area where five generations of a family had stored their belongings in a large barn.
During the Casa Na Ilha residency they would like to research the family in a post-colonial context. The influence of European and African culture on the native culture and the dynamics involved in these mingling will be a rich source for their work. But also the effects of tourism on family structures and the organization of space is of interest.
“Contact with the native community of Caicaras, could be a big step for us into new concepts of ‘family-hood’. The language barrier is interesting, being artist we work with ‘visuals’: codes and notations that are based on visual information. Anything that surpasses language in communication is a focal point.”
In their research they are not objectively zooming in on people’s lives. “We are artist who collaborate and forge relations through interest and respect, while opening up new views. Results could be anything from a song to a film or an artwork but also a classic art-show is, of course, always a good stage for interdisciplinary and social engagement.”
line kramer states “My life unfolds while I make art or facilitate others to
make art, this simultaneity tells me that what I do is not about anything but is something, like a life itself is something. The course of the time and of my life is the only process that I want and
can appoint. There are no other projects or other processes, there are no other issues no artificial time limits. I promise myself here: I won’t come up with, nor won’t I fake any other topics,
projects or concepts; everything I make flows from me. All the real issues are my characteristics, this in my time, surrounded by my experience and my social embedment. My social awareness that wants
to express: you are not alone, that living means other people shape me, I shape them.
The only thing that really interests me is how to develop as a human, a viewer, a thinker, a creator, the social I, while we all continue to be unpredictable. I pull myself out of the "artificial art world” with its laws of time, age and successes, contests, comparisons and financial structures, all processes with a huge negative impact on the art itself and honesty”
For over ten years marjolijn kok worked at the University of Amsterdam as a theoretical archaeologist. Not satisfied with the way academic work became more constrained, she started her own company Bureau Archeologie en Toekomst (archaeology and future), to focus on contemporary archaeology and art. marjolijn did participatory research on Occupy Rotterdam. In the last 4 years she has been working as an artist. She does not limit herself to a specific medium, but collages, digital drawings, collecting, photography and video are her main tools. In her work is keen on the aporetic turn of reclaiming historical traces and turning them into contemporary actions. Her work involves long term projects and events that focus on the connections between and the perceptions of people and their material context.
TUCKER HOLLINGSWORTH – CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Tucker Hollingsworth (b. Boston 1984) is a conceptual photographer. His photos have been described by photography curator Patricia Briggs as “memorable and eye- grabbing.” In the past year he has completed residencies at SFAI (Santa Fe, NM), Opus House (Truchas, NM), Fundacion Valparaiso (Mojacar, Spain), VCCA (Amherst, VA). He is a two-time McKnight Visual Artist finalist. In 2011 Mr. Hollingsworth received his second Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center (Winton, MN) as well as an Artist Initiative grant from MSAB. Mr. Hollingsworth has been a recipient of fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA), The Ragdale Foundation (Chicago, IL), and has been in residency at Lanesboro Arts Center (Lanesboro, MN) and MacDowell Arts Colony (Peterborough, NH). Prior to a full-time artist practice, Mr. Hollingsworth was a productions staff photographer at the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) and Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Stratford, Ontario).
ASH BURKE - MIXED MEDIA
In studying Industrial Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin Ash has had the opportunity to explore a variety of design disciplines and develop her create skillset. There is typically a fine art influence in her design and visual art outputs which is something that Ash is keen on developing further during her time at Casa Na Ilha.
The concept of Play is one which Ash has spent extensive time researching during her final years at University and underpins much of her work to date. She has established a project organization Playing2Play which explores how Adults unplug or detach from their everyday obligations and highlights Play as a core Human necessity.
Currently based in Brooklyn, New York Ash has been working under the guidance of Sculpture and Glass Artists Norman Mooney and Ruth Shortt at their Studio “Workspace11” for over a year. This has been an incredible period of personal and creative development for Ash and is currently heavily involved in Graphic Design contract work for the studio.
During this residency Ash will be focusing on project and concept development of her Fine Art nature, practicing in 2D, 3D and mixed media. She is very enthusiastic about connecting with the surroundings at Casa Na Ilha. Ash is keen to engage with the local art traits and gain new cultural insights from the people of the island, with a view to opening a new visual art journey.
ANAKA – PHOTOGRAPHER AND RESEARCHER
Anaka truly believes that the way to heal the Self from the abuse of the colonized world is to (re)connect with nature. This provides a space to remember the natural flow of time, space and resources. During her stay in Casa Na Ilha, she wants to feel the direct connection to the nature of Brazil. She wishes that the literal healing properties of the land will bring the infinite knowledge into her art.
´I plan to heal my body, mind and spirit by absorbing this wisdom and giving back what I can to the Earth protectors of Caicaras. I plan to give back through many mediums of intuitive, natural creation including dance, gardening, visual art, installation, photography & film documentation and zine curation´
Anaka is an active storyteller with the mission to protect the Earth and learn from as many beings she can along the way. In 2012 she began Imagery is Infinite™ Archives, which serves to document the conscious artistic movements around the world in areas that have been colonized. She is a professional photographer and filmmaker. During her time in undergrad from 2012-2016 in Los Angeles she was working in the entertainment industry and the underground conscious artist movements. She curates Silient Zine, which archives the work of artists she meets creating from the Source (rather than being an artist in order to oversaturate the media waves).
She spent the past six months in Cape Town, South Africa working as an archival documenter of the underground arts scene there. During these six months she collaborated with many artists who are pushing consciousness within their work, including Tony Gum for her exhibition in this year's Art Basel Miami.
This May she will finish a documentary she is organizing with 8 other artists of colour from the USA & South Africa by collaborating with artists in a Northern region of Uganda called the Oyam District. This collaboration between artists from colonized countries and artists in a place healing from recent genocide (at the hands of Joseph Kony & the Lord’s Resistance Army) serves to create a whole new type of documentary where the subject and the creators are the same.
Besides doing projects such as these, she is developing her own forms of movement meditation and also find tranquility within the art of collage. She enjoys making murals out of collage work and also encouraging movement within the public space as a healing process. She is on the quest to re-learn my ancestral knowledge through artistic channeling.
HANNAH GREENWOOD AND RACHEL LLOYD – ART ILLUSTRATOR AND POET
Rachel and Hannah project for Casa Na Ilha is to work together in their project called LUNA SOLACE. Both artists wish to engage in new ways of combining fashion illustration & poetry.
The collaboration of the two artists, is however, not restrained to one medium. As a collaboration, experiments with form include; short film making, photography & other innovative ways of communicating artistic expression to a greater audience as possible.
LUNA SOLACE as a collective artistic movement, wishes to push the boundaries within the arts. Neither artists restrict themselves to one form of creative expression & hope that by combining their skills, can merge & intertwine, numerous artistic projects.
Rachel, who goes by the pen name Sia Jane Lloyd, has an academic background in
culture, communication and psychology, with a profound and prolonged interest in human relationships and the human mind, psychological wounds and their healings. Sia Jane is currently working on her
second book due for release in 2017, whilst also completing her MA in Creative Writing. She recently began collaborating artistically with Westminster fashion student Gia D'Arcadia, working on LUNA
Gia is currently in her third year of study in Fashion Design and, as part of her degree course is on a year in industry, currently working in Stockholm. This year for her is about having the time to develop her own artistic skills both in Fashion and Art and to expand her capabilities and achieve full focus. With that in mind, Gia wanted to take the time to pursue her collaboration on LUNA Solace.
Neither artists have had the opportunity to dedicate themselves solely to their creative work, certainly not immersing themselves in the ways Casa Na Ilha will allow.
They both believe their time in Casa Na Ilha will not only allow them the chance to spend one to one time together developing ideas, but also the chance to work alongside other artists who are devoting themselves to the same work.
They are seeking for attending Casa De Ilha residency to take advantage of being on an island, where true silence and solitude will enable productive creative engagement.
Both artists are avid travellers, and show a deep-seated interest in differing cultures, languages and ways of living.
“Gia and I truly want to find our own voice within the arts. We want to do this as independent artists and as a collaboration. The beginning of LUNA SOLACE came from a mutual love and passion for the arts, most notably writing and fashion.
At its core LUNA SOLACE is two young emerging artists trying to find a voice
in the world. By enlisting the help of fellow artists and peers, engaging with the tutoring staff available, and a lot of hard work and dedication, we hope to be able to make something we dreamed of
into a reality.”
JACK WAKE WALKER - FILMMAKER
Jack is involved in Poetry Documentary. Jack´s idea is working with Caicara´s community in the island. He wants to introduce poetry to them and teach them how to express their feelings and thoughts in poetic form. He is then going to use the poetry they've written as a narration for a documentary. He feels it is a way of educating people in art as well as giving them ownership of a project.
Jack lives in Copenhagen. He has been producing documentaries and art films for around nine years. His feature-length documentary The Man Who Prints Houses has been shown at a number of international festivals, as well as being broadcast on Italian television. His short poetry film Ten Thousand Things was shown at the Body Electric Festival in Colorado, and Cyclop festival in Kiev. He has frequently collaborated with poets Isobel Dixon, Simon Barraclough and Chris McCabe, and musician Oli Barrett on projects such as Shad Thames, Broken Wharf at the London Word Festival, Doppelgänger at King’s Place, and The Debris Field, a live 45-minute poetry/film experience first shown at the BFI. In 2014, Jack’s poetry film Photon – part of a new collaboration entitled Sunspots – was nominated for best film at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
TAMAR GRANOVSKY – PHOTOGRAPHER
After spending two weeks photographing rural areas in Brasil, last year, Tamar realized that she had a tremendous desire to return. For her, the Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program would represent the chance to further explore traditional, small cultures in Brasil, that she just barely discovered.
“During my stay in Bahia, I encountered a multitude of small and intimate worlds, traditional fishing villages and quilombos on the Ilha de Itaparica and the Reconcavo Baiano. These are places that move to their own established, slower, rhythms. Though I saw much poverty, the people I met seemed to embrace life and to live with satisfaction and spirituality – something that is not often found in richer and more materialistic settings. Wherever I travelled, the people were warm and welcoming. I was even invited - a complete stranger - into their homes to photograph them!”
Her project, “This Miracle,” grows from these experiences, and is about the landscape and people in some of Brasil’s rural communities; it is also about light, shadow, colour, and texture. The light in Brasil evokes a mood for her – an intimacy, an arousal. It beats with life. “The people I have photographed may not have much but they are proud; they live dignified lives and are in touch with their culture and tradition. “
She believes the Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program would strongly suit her artistic efforts, both because of its location in Brasil and its social engagement with surrounding local communities. The forming of connections and bonds with the Caicaras communities in this area will be critical to her work. As well, a period of quiet reflection at the residency would give her the opportunity to focus on and develop “This Miracle.” This time would act as a counterweight to her more cloistered studio activities, with opportunities for sharing ideas with fellow artists and being part of an environment of intellectual and artistic interaction.
Tamar is a photographer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. Born in Israel, she spent her childhood and young adult years in Canada. Having received an MFA degree from the University of Calgary, in 1990, she worked in mixed media sculpture installation and, later, printmaking. Currently, she is working on projects in the Salton Sea in California and Bahia Province in Brasil.
JACK ALEXANDER HALLS - DESIGNER
Jack Alexander Halls is an Australian Artist and Designer. He currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He is concerned with arts necessity to create problems and designs necessity to solve them. His praxis casts a wide net over trans-diciplinary practice, apparatus and and language. My work explores negation and the ubiquitous generative effects of gaps, voids and spoils. Unveiling the potency of complex ideas articulated simply; My time on the island of Casa na Ilha will be spent in pursuit of the friction of ideas and gestures built against each other. ‘Paper Architecture’ is a term that designates structures and concepts which have been imagined but never articulated in material form. My intended research is once removed; to give way to a kind of post-conceptual ‘Paper Art.’ At present it may be theoretically and practically impossible. The project I seek to develop is quite clearly underdeﬁned. Looking to the inﬁnite nuances of place, the politics of the post-colonial island, the materials that make themselves present; seeking to heighten the gaps between these phenomena and engage a process of worlding. To help in answering these questions, and ﬁling these gaps, I wish to pursue a new conceptual strategy, taking leads from high modernism, land art, and conceptual art histories. To generate a body of things which come from, and give themselves over to, the the world; whose sole gesture is to undermine their singularity and their boundedness on the face of the earth. In essence, I am seeking out an absurd abstraction between the implied agency of things, and the inexhaustible supremacy of the earth-as-objectA central concern and motivation for my time on the island will be to move away from the hyperdetermined machine austerity that has emerged through my aesthetics; to ﬁnd a way to deal with ideas through new material processes and to allow a more open and incidental aesthetic approach to making, writing and thinking. Casa na Ilha represents a node from which I can concentrically beam outward and receive inward through thought, observation, and action. Where everything can move in complete yet inconsistent circles.
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
ELENA BONI – VISUAL ARTIST
Elena Boni was born in Latina in 1972, grew up in Switzerland and completed her studies in Turin. She lives and works in Rome. Her works explores various artistic techniques and forms such as drawing, painting, installation, performance video and design. She has worked in site specific planning and re contextualization of objects, a project concept of interior design in Russia. She has also worked for several years as an art director for cultural and artistic events within projects to assist the mentally disturbed. It was her most recent experience in Tanzania, Vietnam and Madagascar.
She draws inspiration from nature and how it affects her. “My work often starts witha specific object and gradually evolves into an entire space, evoking a larger story or narrative. One of my recentworksconcerns processes of personal rebirth .I began by painting large fabric panels and hanging them in a room. The images represented drew on scenery to Tanzania and Brazil, were the works were partially realized, before being exhibited in Rome. In addition to the visual element, the sound of a heartbeat resonated throughout the space, together with a more elaborate soundscape designed specifically for the occasion”
Elena aims to completely immerse in the environment during her time in Casa Na Ilha, in order to create an installation with materials found in and around the house and its environs.
CHRISTINA LEWIS – DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. During that time, I studied anatomy to more accurately depict the human form. While I have experimented with other fields, such as folklore and shapes, I am drawn to the human body. The variety of facial expressions and body movement provides an endless source of inspiration. My style ranges from gestural figures to hyperrealism using mostly graphite or oil paint. Occasionally I will use acrylic paint, however I prefer the colors and textures of oil paint. I aim to portray the energy and emotion of every person I render. During my studies, I focused on hyperrealism. While I still draw inspiration from portraying an individual exactly as I see them, more recently I have experiencing with gestural figures and a looser style that allows me to evoke a layer of emotional experience that may be missing from a more realistic image. While in school I traveled abroad to Spain and experienced how differently people of other cultures related to each other and how that came across in the ways they carried themselves. Not only do we differ in physical features, but in how we perceive ourselves and those around us as well. I became even more intent on depicted the essence of an individual through their facial expressions and body language. During my early career and subsequent studies, I began to incorporate photography and image manipulation through Photoshop into my artistic process. I retouched images for high fashion brands in New York City and quickly became an expert in Photoshop. The ability to enhance specific physical features in order to better evoke an emotional response prompted me experiment with more abstract work. Playing with color and texture in a way that differs from the original images allows for more freedom of interpretation and an independence to develop my own style as an artist. The increased ability to portray my experience of the individual apart from their physical appearance led me to explore how the individual’s personal and cultural background come across in a stagnant image.
RUTH AVA LYONS - VISUAL ARTIST AND ENVIROMENTAL RESEARCHER
Most of my work focuses on environmental themes. I have produced work from my research and experience in habitats that include degraded coral reef ecosystems, coal ash spill pollution areas, threats to wetlands, ruination of the Florida Everglades, Bee Colony Collapse, and rainforest deforestation. My interest is primarily on ecosystems that are suffering from the result of global warming and other effects caused by human activity.I attempt to balance the negative aspects of this underlying concept with a positive depiction of beauty.This approach promotes a redemptive message of conservation and renewal as ways to deal with the challenges we face restoring the natural world we have disrupted.
A few bodies of work have been a main focus.Oceanic Alchemies is an ongoing series that relies on dive experience, underwater photography, and some oceanography research .This work uses underwater photographic imagery as the underlying matrix for more developed work.
In this work,I have been documenting 3 types of reef areas.Barrier, Fringing, and Atoll. My focus is on those that have been stressed by the effects of acidification and global warming trends. After the photographs of traumatized coral reef are printed on Aluminum, I develop the imagery more fully by adding additional hand painted layers of mixed media to “bring the reef back to life” so to speak.The concept being that we are still capable and responsible for turning this dire situation around.
Another body of work is my Monarch Migration Series which was motivated by the dire situation of the ongoing decline of annual Monarch migration patterns.
My Organism Series is what I will focus on at my Casa Na Ilha Residency. This body of work consists of studies I call “Organisms”. They are brief impressions of the ecology I see walking through the woods, scuba diving, or even acknowledging the life energy in a puddle of stagnant water..I think of my work as a bridge to communicate wonder as well as concern for the natural world, and I strive to promote conservation actions as an artist ambassador for the environment.
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.
HAYDEN FOWLER – VISUAL ARTIST – MIXED MEDIA RESEARCHER AND INSTALATIONS
Hayden practice and thinking is motivated by the environmental and spiritual crisis that are increasingly apparent in the contemporary moment. This has formed the bais of his practice over the past fifteen years, and is evidenced in his work. ‘ The ongoing problematic in my work has been around developing increasingly succinct ways of poetically visualizing the power structures acting against nature and humanity, including exploring the grief and mourning as responses to destruction and loss. However, he I have been driven to exploring the hope that remains in the spiritual and intimate relationships between humanity and the natural world.’
Hayden is at an important juncture in his practice and thinking, where he wants to shift further towards an articulation of nature-based or animist spirituality, exploring and positioning this as a positive, cultural and future alternative, and as a means to developing work that explores alternative modes of being and thinking. The creating work with further potential to subvert and acts in opposition to the status quo.
Hayden has spent several months in Central and South America. Most of the time exploring Mayan and Inca ruins and in the jungle. This was a profound experience with deep effects on his practice and himself, and he has continued to be driven to return and continue relationships with Latin America, the environment, indigenous history, spiritual practices and philosophy.
He has been commissioned to present new work at the Adelaide Biennale in Australia. The research and work he would undertake in Casa Na Ilha will be leading towards the development and production of this new work.
Hayden Fowler is a New Zealand born Artist, based in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New South Wales Art & Design (formerly COFA) in Sydney, as well as an earlier degree in Biology.
Fowler's methodology involves the construction of elaborate sets in which he choreographs human and animal subjects, creating hyper-real video, photographic, installation and performance work from within these fictional spaces.
Fowler has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is held in a number of public and private collections. He is a previous recipient of the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, undertaking his year of study abroad at the Universitat der Kunst in Berlin, Germany.
He lectures in Fine Arts studio at UNSW Art & Design and at the University of Wollongong.
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.
JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO – CURATOR AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST
Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Jerome artists in residence with Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, a 2015 American Express Leadership Fellow, a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and an inaugural graduating member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.
He has held producing and curatorial positions at New York Live Arts, 651
Arts, and The Watermill Center among others. Kosoko is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2016 USArtists International Award from the
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater
Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others. Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), MR's Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture throughout the US and abroad. His newest performance work #negrophobia is currently touring throughout Europe. The work also received a 2016 Bessie Award nomination.
CHANTAL T. PARIS – EXPLORATORY WRITER.
Point forms, Guide lines — News from within
The work I want to carry out in the Casa Na Ilha residency is part of a broad project that I intend to develop in several countries that share similar although distinctive topological characteristics – the sea, mountains, a rich fauna, flora and mineral environment – and mixed communities living on the land, forming a complex ecosystem.
Concrete speculation is a tool of the imagination that can allow us to go beyond our human limitations, to make a walking/awaking dream happen. With the Point forms, Guide lines — News from within project, I want to create context-specific pieces that are inspired by modes of existence I encountered in the last two years, which I believe offer perspectives to escape the anthropocentric, capitalist and colonial paradigms. I am very concerned about how these mindsets and systems are dividing and harming the living creatures – human, animal, mineral, botanical, aquatic and the other existing things –, inside and outside. In response to feelings of sorrow emerged the need to understand their global damaging effects from a very local, immersive and introspective point of view.
For the Casa Na Ilha residency, I want to invite the Ilhabela Island’s communities, including the Caicara – I am especially interested in learning about the Caicaras’ way of living, thinking, know-how and beliefs –, to contribute to the work by anonymously dropping off written lines in an amphora, related to a particular guidance. Although writing will play an important role within this piece, it won’t be visible in the final form. I think of the work’s material form as a concentration of matters, an inscribed presence. A flow, a wave. A wavelength. I would like the piece to be crafted by a local artist or artisan, and I plan to collaborate with her/him to develop a form that would embody the words others have offered. As this work will emerge, I will start the composition of a book by sounding out the vibrant textures of the Island. Each piece of the whole project will be an integral part of this Pavilion book – carrying several meanings of the pavilion concept – that will form an extended organ.
Over the past twelve years, from writing about art, I’ve gradually moved toward writing with art, in a post-critique perspective and a more experimental way, anchored in acoustic paradigm and more recently in deep listening practices. For me, writing is a medium of attention, a work of time, a form-giving apparatus. Words matter. So is the language, a sphere holding a meadow of possible meanings with concrete imprints. This awareness comes with a necessary constant vigilance. Point forms, Guide lines — News from within is a body of decolonial thoughts and gestures aimed at transformation – one encounter, one line, one layer, one crystallization at a time. I believe this process can change the plasticity of the mind, inner and ultimately outside matter. It starts with me but it is deeply rooted in the common. The project is also informed by Boris Groys’ argument for “the obligation to self-design.” This obligation is, indeed, the lineament of my archi-textural framework, my small contribution to initiate a tonal shift, working with what is at my finger tips, with the conviction that power exists within individual and collective minor actions, on a molecular scale. I hope the pieces and book created through the series of residencies will form vibrant points of resonance, a sound field leaking through the world and forming a syncretic continent with no border or owned land. If “there’s more to listening than meets the ear,” with writing there is more than meets the eye.
Image Credit : Collage by Louise Branchu, amplified. Courtesy of the artist.
MACARENA YANEZ - VISUAL ARTIST
Maca Yanez wants to create new work in her stay in Ilhabela. She works with collage techniques, on murals, installations and street art.
She has a BFA from the University of Chile and a MA from Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London.
She explore ideas associated with urban existence and the ‘concrete jungle’ where the metropolitan condition implies that people have lost their essential connection to nature. The ultra-modern environment and the timelessness of her work provokes a clash between space and time. Genres of human stereotypes of a bygone era are mixed in the printed paper with birds, plants, and female characters, together creating a surreal and fictional world with an illogical use of scale. Nature is taking a stand. These utopian characters take on anthropomorphic form and enact narratives which remind us of scenes taken from our daily lives.
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.
BEN SUMMERS - FIGURATIVE PAINTER AND MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
Having resided and worked creatively in London and Europe for over 15 years, Ben is in an inventive time in his artistic practice. He is looking for an experience that would offer a beautiful environment to reflect as well as the opportunity to engage with the local community to help kick start a new body of work. During his stay at Casa Na Ilha, he is interested in forming local bonds with the surrounding community and local people of Ilhabela to create new portrait work that will convey the local stories and natural environment. He wants to explore many themes through the narrative of each work with local people as models and celebrated characters of each piece.
Ben H. Summers is a London based figurative painter and multimedia artist. After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003, Ben diversified his creative career working in Youth Arts Education, music promotion and commercial Illustration, before reigniting a full time art practice in 2010 under a new creative alias. With painting as the predominant discipline, Ben’s work channels a prevailing fascination in documenting human identity in relation to ancestry and social constructs. An anthropological foundation, formed from personal experience is a thread in the work, which seeks to question our innate relationship in the present day. The developing body of work is quietly provocative with consistent references to cultural integration and the experiences of living in diverse communities. Summers draws from a hybrid of first hand encounters with people, friends and family which are routed in conversation. These revered centre pieces, accompanied by imaginary characters, cinematic references and childlike symbolism bestow a highly layered approach to art production.
KATE SHAW - PAINTER AND MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
Kate have travelled extensively throughout Iceland, Australia and the Southwest of the United States. It is very important to her to immerse in these natural environments. She has worked both with rural and urban indigenous people of Australia in teaching and workshops. Her paintings are inspired by the many amazing landscapes she has travelled to and paintings deal with the paradox inherent in our relationship to the natural environment – one fraught with awe and fear, closeness and distance, creation and destruction. Formed out of poured paint and collage techniques her landscapes capture the transcendent beauty of nature. The swirls of acrylic acrylic paint, ink, glitters and powders mimic the flow of natural processes. Through this she is seeking to illuminate the brutal beauty and the overwhelming magnificence of nature as well as its minute details. Yet beneath these psychedelic natural scenes one can find hints of pollution and artificiality, inducing both wonder and discomfort. This intersection of creation and corruption in her alchemical creations teases out our conflicted relationship to the natural world. She has also created videos that work with macro/micro relationships and how the paint flows mimic this.
During her stay in Casa Na Ilha, she plans to explore and document the natural environment and particularly exploring connection between humans and nature.
Kate Shaw is an Australian artist living between Melbourne and New York. She has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, London and throughout Australia. She has exhibited internationally in Berlin, Beijing, Shanghai, Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, Reykjavik, San Francisco and Tokyo in both private galleries and public museums including MOCA Taipei and POSCO Seoul.
Kate Shaw has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including the Australian Council 2015, New York and SIM, Iceland in 2013. She has been shortlisted for over 30 prizes, including the Prudential Eye Award 2015, Saatchi Gallery, London and won Artists Wanted 2011, Scope, New York.
Recent publications including her work are Spectrum Index Book, Barcelona, 2013; Super Lux: Smart Light Art, by Davina Jackson, Thames and Hudson 2015 and The Macquarie Group Collection: The Land and Its Psyche, University of NSW, Sydney, 2013. She has collaborated with Urban Art Projects on large-scale murals in Sydney (2014) and Brisbane (2010). Her work is held in private collections in USA, Hong Kong, France and Korea as well as corporate and museum collections in Australia.
AVERY DOMINGO – MIXED MEDIA AND MUSICIAN
´The goal of my art and my music is to convey the experiences of communities and environments being threatened or abused by colonialism and mass industrialization (as I am from such a community in the United States). My art strives to promote ways to heal and protect one's self and environment from the many abuses of the colonized world. Further, it attempts to encourage people to get more intimate with the art and nature around them, and their spiritual journey. I explore all these themes through photography, collage, music, and performance art.
I want to come to Casa Na Ilha to connect with the powerful nature (such as in Parque Estadual Ilhabela) and interact with the Caicaras people and learn from their experiences in the face of colonialism, mass industrialization and the many threats these forces have imposed upon their lands and way of life. I believe the insight and resilience of these people and the depth of the nature in Brazil will inform my art and life in limitless ways. In return, I wish to use my visual and performance art in intuitive ways to support the people, local organizations and environment in the area.
Beyond this I hope to learn new styles of music and blend them with my own musical style in hopes of creating new forms of music for healing and meditation. I also believe it will influence my songwriting in profound ways. Most of my songs with vocals are written with the intent of raising awareness about issues I feel connected to and promoting resilience in the face of oppression.´
ALE KUKTOSKY - VISUAL ARTIST
Ale is interested in making several documentary stories focusing on different locations in the island, the environment and nature and the interaction with the native and local community.
Ale wants to explore the island looking for different places and special spots. She aims to connect with native and local communities living in the island as well as discover about the mata atlantica, the fauna and flora, and all the special conditions that makes it such an unique environment. She also wants to learn about the stories and the legends that involve the island, the history of the place and development from people living there in a more intimate and personal way.
She studied cinema and visual arts at CIEVYC and she works with various photographers with visual displays and experimental videos.
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SIMBALA DÉSILLES – PAINTER AND DESIGNER
Simbala was always interested in African and Indigenous arts, music and cultures. She grew up in San Francisco, CA and was been able to witness the fruition of many large masterpieces. While in Casa na Ilha, she wants to dive deep into her art. She wants to create more large hand painted tapestries and to participate in the painting of a mural.Her art has always reflected her love for music and people. She would also like to create pieces that are inspired by the surrounding environment and culture at Ilhabela.
She feels passion about painting and she wants to pursue her way in art
She is currently developing an online shop that I will soon be opening and its her ambition to expand this shop into an interactive artists hub encouraging independence and growth for the team.
TIERA NDLOVU – PAINTER AND SCULPTOR
Global issues constantly inspire Tiera artistic endeavors. Currently, the most pressing of these issues is the increase in our global population that has subsequently led to slum in developing countries. The favelas of Sao Paulo are an example of this exponential growth and accompanying housing crisis. She believes the solution to this issue lies in the structural reform of slum communities: which is the core of my proposed project.
Her plan is to combine her academic knowledge of environmental science and architecture with my creative, artistic spirit to begin to develop a sustainable and cost effective architectural design for the rehabilitation of slums and slum dwellings. Her goal is to primarily use Sao Paulo’s favelas as an example to build my models from. I plan to also conduct research into other similar communities, such as the townships of South Africa. Her proposed product from this project are architectural remodels of slum dwellings that will not only improve the visual aspect of slum communities, but the sustainability, safety, and the overall quality of these homes.
During her childhood, she constantly migrated: living in Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout this time she have stayed engaged in both her community and the arts, consistently volunteering and winning regional arts beginning in the second grade, respectively. “Time in each of these cities have shaped me greatly and have provided me with a plethora of experiences that continues to influence my artistic career.”
She has had work experience at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, during her teenage years. Her resume also boasts being the executive producer of TEDx Nassau, the first talk of its kind in the Bahamas. Her visual art pieces are often seen as eclectic, diverse, and provoking. They are commonly pieces of social commentary: fixated on speaking about the issues we face as local and global populations.
Her most recent achievements in the arts field include completing the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Higher Level course and she is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with concentrations in architectural studies and global development at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
PATRICIA SHIELDS – ARTIST, ENVIROMENTALIST AND RESEARCHER
Patti Shields is a 28 year old artist and yogi. From an early age, Patti has
used art to express her own experiences and interpret the world around her. She has worked in the mediums of graphic art, music production, drawing, painting and some ceramic and sculptural arts. In
addition to the arts, Patti is an enthusiastic environmentalist and animal lover. She recently joined Rios Nete/Amazon Learning to work with local tribes in the Amazon documenting medicinal plants
and reforesting plots of jungle land that have been logged or farmed for cash-crops. Much of Patti's art is motivated by her passion and connection to the natural world. Patti resides in Western
Massachusetts during most of the year where she teaches yoga, practices Vipassana meditation, DJ's, studies herbalism, & rides horses within the local community. At the age of 16, Patti
lived in Ecuador for an exchange semester. She has traveled independently to Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, DR, PR and Spain. She has a passion for experiencing the culture and
history in Latin American countries and how it's expressed through the arts.
“ Art is a powerful and non-violent way to protest and create change. I have been witness to individuals widening their understanding of human impact on the natural & social world as a result of discussing art. All of my recent work is devoted to creating discussions around the biggest environmental issues, which are inextricably related to many of our biggest social issues.”
Patty intends to use her time in Casa Na Ilha to develop a series to create dialogue between people and the earth. The works she finishes during her residency will later be transformed into 'art products'-- prints, apparel, and other sellable items. The net proceeds of these products will go towards her larger goal of creating a land trust that purchases jungle land and protects indigenous communities. In addition to creating 'fine art', she will be developing and documenting the art of plant medicinals. In this project, she hopes to work with members of the local community to cultivate native plant species and explore how they use art to connect with the world around them. “
Patty is also going to conduct a series of works in the house garden, including a medical garden development as well as the improvement in the maintenance and expansion of the actual organic garden as well as conducting a fermentation workshop.
In preparation for an exhibit in December, Patty will have finished 6-10
pieces in the series reflecting "human impact on the planet". She is also exploring the feminine experience through cubism.
TASHA AULLS – ENVIROMENTAL RESEARCHER
Tasha is working on a long-term project: DRINKING FROM THE SAME SOURCE, conceived in response to the water crises. The project will be developed as a series of interventions and VR 360 video installations that combine living systems, clean water technologies based on nature, and art objects related to the Anthropocene.
She is developing ways of working with art to support vulnerable communities gain and retain their rights to clean water.
The duration of the project is 2 months, with a possibility of adding a third month to finalize video editing.
Drinking from the Same Source is a series of interventions and video installations responding to the growing scarcity of freshwater sources. The work exists as ephemeral interventions in remote locations, presented to a larger public as 360 video or VR installations in public spaces and on the web. She envisions this new work to serve an ecological function as well as existing as a work of art. Each intervention shows the impact of even a small source of clean water has on a polluted area and raises attention to water issues in remote communities. She hopes to create a space that can reflect the simplicity of a growing movement of small community based solutions to replace the adverse impacts of the Anthropocene.
Thinking in terms of systems and ecological impact, is part of the emergence of ecological consciousness. She feels that it is important at this time to developher practice in new directions to better expose and express the indivisibility of nature, technology and culture.
Tasha believes nature speaks to us in a language of patterns and systems behavior. To observe nature is to learn a sense of ‘beingness’ - the feeling of being alive and interconnected with all living things around us. Nature is a reminder of our primal sentience, the sense of ‘I am alive’. In current times, the state of nature also signals the necessity of a shift in consciousness to develop alternatives to the current capitalist system.
Her work is concerned with a variety of types of relationships between humans and nature. Increasingly, her thoughts are in response to ecological crises and the emergence of ecological movements rising in the context of the Anthropocene. She is interested in how the crises can lead to the understanding our potential to positively impact this collective living system we know as Earth. In times of crises, arises the opportunity for creativity and transcendence. Thinking about the Earth as a collaborative life system, from this position everything changes.
Tasha Aulls was born in Minneapolis, USA, in 1972. She has lived and worked in Canada and the UK. Graduating from MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, London (UK) in 2009, Aulls has since exhibited internationally and in Canada.
Tasha Aulls’ work has entered the collection of the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in Quebec and been published in Carte Blanche 2, Painting (Magenta Foundation: 2008), and The Nomadic Studio, Art Life and the Colonisation of Meanwhile Space, Michael Heilgemeir (Edition Taube: 2013).
She directed over 125 students and teachers at Coatupo Primary School, Guna Yala, Panama, to participate in creating Bote Vida (2016). Aulls has also taught painting workshops at the Woodmill Studios in London, UK (2011) in Forest Row Primary School, and in the Forest proper, UK (2013) at Casey House and Creative Works Studios in Toronto, Canada (2005, 2006).
MAUDE DESLAURIERS – DRAWING - VIDEOS - PERFORMATIVE WORK
Having a background in contemporary dance, Maude work is strongly connected to her body and its different emotional states. Her drawings, videos and performative work are the result of a connection between her inner and outer body. She strongly believe that the body needs to be reappropriated and loved. She has been inspired by Bell Hooks Sisters of the Yam, where the author states that the decolonisation of the feminine body, and therefore its recovery, can be achieved through a connection with nature or with something more gentle for our soul, more organic. The reconciliation with our animal-self is a recurrent theme in the works of many female authors that has inspired her, but she also looks at the topic discussed in scientific communities, like biologist Edward O. Wilson. He states human well-being would be deeply affected if nature were to completely disappear. He defines biophilia, his personal theory, as ‘the innate tendency [in human beings] to focus on life and lifelike process. To an extent still undervalued in philosophy and religion, our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hopes rise on its currents.’. Both Hooks and Wilson are defending the obvious connection between human beings and nature. A transformation has to be made in our perception of ourselves and our position in the realm of nature.
Like Wilson and Hooks, she believes that human being belong to the realm of nature, intuition and feelings. When she creates work, she often imagine herself as a giant mouth that wants to touch, kiss, feel. When she opens hereyes and look around her, she sees sensual beings who want to grow, to communicate, to seduce and be seduced, to live and to reproduce. They live in a vessel, an envelope of memories. It becomes a place for visible and invisible things to happen. Water, sun, and wind model it just like fear, pain, joy or love. A quiet monologue emerges slowly, and soon it is difficult to decide whether the voice comes from the outside or from within. Leaving the old skin behind, I wonder what shape this new body will have?
During her stay in Casa Na Ilha, she would like to start by working on a series of drawings that play with the idea of growing, burgeoning and blooming, but also with a recurrent theme, the supernatural body. She came up with the concept of the supernatural body after reading Agua Viva and Near the Wild Heart by the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector and she tries to depict in her work. For her , the supernatural body is like a garden where things are happening and growing together, it is a territory that we have to explore in order to better understand ourselves, and the world around us. She finds inspiration in the organic shapes and nature that surrounds her. The beginning of the residency would consist of small observation drawings on site, and eventually the creation of bigger ones. Since she works in a very intuitive way, she would like to stay open and let her project be influenced by her surroundings.
She also is interested in giving a talk or directing a drawing workshop with the local community and the other residency participant
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.
DAVID AUSTIN GREY – UK – PIANIST, COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR
David is a composer and pianist living in Birmingham and working throughout the UK. He is staying in Casa Na Ilha developing a composing project. His aim over the duration of the residency would be two-‐fold. Firstly, He intends to immerse himself into creative development, both solo and in collaboration with many of the other artists accepted onto the program. His work is now focused heavily on inter-‐disciplinary work and so he thinks the opportunity to work freely with artists outside of his own discipline would be a great blessing. Specifically he is very interested in creating work alongside filmmakers, visual artists, environmental artists, poets, spoken word artists and photographers, as well as continuing his development of combining music with dance. Secondly, he would set out to write a new suite of music over the course of the residency.
David is very interested not only in assisting to the Festival in Vermelhos during his stay, but he would also love to have the incredible and invaluable opportunity of participating in the festival, creating a piece or with an exhibition of his work. He looks forward to present his work (including newly developed material) outside of the UK, to a wide reaching international audience. He sees the festival as a heart of an artistic community, with rich musical heritage , and that will undoubtedly lead to meaningful and useable cultural explorations, as well as facilitate collaboration and future working relationships with both UK and international artists. This would also extend to cross-‐art and multi-‐discipline collaborative work and experimentation.
The body of his work has been presenting original music for different ensembles, made up of some of the country’s most creative musicians. He also collaborate frequently with various artists, and play as an ensemble member in a number of groups. The most long-‐standing of his ensembles is the band Hansu-Tori. In recent years the group has managed to firmly place itself amongst the most interesting ensembles on the UK jazz circuit. The music and lyrics are composed entirely by himself. He has also completed two national tours with the band, both of which received support from the Arts Council, via Jazz Services. In September 2014 he released an album entitled 'An Improvised Escape'. This garnered huge amounts of positive praise and great critical reception. Examples of which include:
- National and regional radio play via Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Introducing West Midlands.
- International, national and regional magazine/newspaper coverage, including a 4-star
- A ‘4 star’ review in Jazzwise Magazine and a fullpage feature in the Birmingham Post.
- Named as an 'album of the year' by 'The Jazz Breakfast'.
- Listed at No.2 in Jazzwise Magazine’s ‘Hot Picks’ list for October 2014
- Named (individually) as 'one to look out for' in a Jazzwise feature.
The current focus for Hansu‐Tori is on two contrasting projects:
Firstly, ‘Wolves Are People Too’ – a unique multi-‐discipline theatre piece (supported by Arts Council England, Town Hall Symphony Hall & Birmingham Royal Ballet) combining the worlds of improvised jazz, ballet and live illustration. This was his first large-‐scale multidiscipline production, a very well received collaboration between Hansu-Tori, Birmingham Royal Ballet and illustrator Nick Robertson. An album of the music will be released in 2017 on Stoney Lane Records.
Secondly – a project for the piano trio element of Hansu-Tori, augmented by vocals, audio samples/electronics and strings (cello/violin) – entitled ‘Amidst A Swarm Of Butterflies’. This is a suite of music drawing heavily from the range of human emotions. It explores the metaphor of 'having butterflies' and the idea of being completely surrounded (at times overwhelmed) by your own emotions. For this project he has also collaborated with the Spanish visual artist Irene Zafra.
CHAZE MATAKALA – VISUAL POET
I was born in Vancouver to Zambian parents, and raised in Maputo. I have spent the past decade in South Africa pursuing ‘education’ and finding higher consciousness along the way. I am the great granddaughter of His Royal Highness Lubosi Lewanika of the Lozi Kingdom in the Western Province of Zambia, FKA Barotseland. I am the daughter of a forester and a princess, I embody my ancestry in my physical form and artistic expression.Land as Pedagogy, Hybrid Identity and Indigenous Knowledge are at the root of my artistic and academic practice.I have just submitted by thesis towards a BA Honours in Heritage and Public Culture and Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Cape Town. My thesis and solo exhibition are part one of Decolonial Daydreams one | re-encounter, and my journey to Ilhabela Island will be a persistence. Decolonial Daydreams two | Melanin & Mitochondria is a venture that aims to unravel, through the mediums of analogue photography and documentary film, the roots of Mitochondrial Eve on Ilhabela Island. Our most recent shared female ancestor may be found in the refraction of light, the trees with no top in sight, the relentless waves of the Black Atlantic, the alignment of decolonial hybrid specimens in the Global South and across the diaspora. Melanin & Mitochondria seeks to archive and express the mutable core of an intuitive energy located in the mitochondria of our cells as reflected in the mitochondria of nature. I am a world citizen navigating the colonial matrix of power, disseminating benevolent propaganda through the mediums of photography, film and collaboration with artists using their practice for healing of self and Gaia. My craft is embedded in border thinking and epistemic disobedience, as I ascend the tree of knowledge, I envision a bright future for the imminent (r)evolution of humankind.
GISELLE LE ROUX
I am Giselle Le Roux, a mixed-race Johannesburg born artist currently completing my degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art with electives in religion and anthropology. I also grew up dancing, have completed a diploma in Sound Engineering and have a certificate in the Fundamentals of Photography. I am a dynamic artist, passionately interested in all areas of creativity, as well as humanitarian concerns regarding social fabrics (focussed on healing the youth), space and place, activism and environmentalism. I directed, managed and curated the Food For Life Fundraiser exhibition at 91 Loop that ran throughout August 2016. I am also a self-studied astrologer and will be completing a kundalini yoga teaching training course in March.
Interested from a young age in mystical, ancient knowledge - stories of the Goddesses and magic, I have always found myself thoroughly exploring ancient civilizations, spiritual consciousness and symbolism. In particular, the narratives of the Goddesses and ancient people have played a large role in how my personal and artistic aesthetic has developed. I am currently exploring notions of space and place and how we all experience place, even in community, as our own virtual reality, constructing meaning through our personal archives of memory, symbolism and experience.
My marginal experiences of ethnicity, space, culture and spiritual consciousness allowed me, from a young age, to develop an attitude of resistance to dominant and popular narratives, which I could not fully identify with. My inborn interest in social dynamics led me to dissatisfaction with the larger dominant systems, and I found myself intuitively interested in exploring ancient societies, mystical bodies of knowledge, fantasy, science-fiction, occult, afro-futurism and utopianism.
As a result of feeling marginalized and having to find my independence at a very young age, it is through thorough and intense spiritual self-awareness, interrogation and transformation, that I developed an interest in universal symbols which link me on a deeper conscious level to the collective consciousness. I believe the roots of our collective consciousness hold the key to transforming society effectively, as it leads us to the most powerful and profound parts of our knowledge as a species from the beginning of our existence, knowledge which is ingrained in our genetic heritage, and in the deepest consciousness which all of humankind shares as One. This is the key to effectively evolving humanity.
I have found my healing reflected in my connection with nature, am an avid hiker, and aim to create ways for society to heal in harmony with our natural environment. I channeled my subjective experiences of space, place, time and memory into a mapping of collective and personal symbols that form a kind of hieroglyphic landscape, in previous works. This is the beginning of a development towards creating a personal utopia.
I believe this utopian approach is timelessly relevant, as it reflects the reality of people experiencing the same spaces, places and people completely differently to one another – as a result of their own projections of association, memory and experience onto the physical landscape, and I hope to integrate the light of hope/anticipatory consciousness into my work. I aim to describe space as more than just the physical, through combining various imagery and symbolism to allude to points of universal and individual consciousness in a manner that is personal and thus more honest, while simultaneously being less compliant to the dominant narratives.
I aim to proceed using my own body in these creations, as I believe the first locus of healing, truth, knowledge and lived experience is Self awareness. I am not bound in my material exploration, ready to combine methods of photography, sculpture, drawing and print media into whatever best communicates my message. Most recently, I have begun exploring photography and would like to combine this with the inclusion of my nude body and possibly other temporary sculptural interventions in natural and occupied spaces. I would also like to work into these images digitally and chemically to represent the layers of experience which tend to be more psychological and spiritual.
I hope to stimulate the viewer’s consideration of their own participation in the creation of the work through becoming aware of their own projected associations with what they see, while honestly describing myself through my own multi-dimensional and cross-cultural experience of my own reality - through immersing myself in channelling a number of profound collective and personal experiences. My experience in working with the other artists, meeting the local children and women and connecting with the local earth is all important in my own development there, and some of us who have worked together in South Africa are applying for this so we can hopefully take what we have shared in healing the world to the next level! I also do daily journaling, poetry writing and short stories.