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!
ANA VIEIRA DE CASTRO – VISUAL ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER
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 inﬁnitely 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 ﬁnally 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 – VISUAL ARTIST
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.
ÉRICA MUKAI FARIA – HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY – TAILOR
U.S.A – BRAZIL
Érica Mukai Faria, known by many as “Quinha,” is a Brazilian-American interdisciplinary artist who explores the concepts of hope, value, and eternity. By employing the metaphor of the human body as fragile yet resilient packaging, her creative practice is informed by her work as an Emergency Room nurse and Tailor's apprentice. Quinha is the Creative Director of Philadelphia Packaging Company, an artists collaborative based in the USA that selectively distributes a print magazine to various parts of the world.
Follow @philadelphiapackagingcompany for details.
instagram: @ quinha.etc
NIKOLA HOFFMANN – VISUAL ARTIST
Nikola Hoffmann is a Visual Artist, based in Cologne, Germany.
Her work is mainly inspired by botanicals, atmospheric phenomenons and human beings.
Her work plays with the contrast between emotions of the perceived reality and the abstraction of cosmic spheres.
She likes to experiment with different kinds of materials - mainly ink and acrylics - and as well with different techniques. Lately she found her passion for the art of printing, which brings new aspects of coincidence and unpredictability into her work.
The importance of social and sustainable responsibility is becoming more and more focus in her daily life, and so is in her way of working.
During her stay at Casa Na Ilha she wants to bring awareness to this topic by making natural dyes and inks by using materials from the island such as leaves, flowers and roots.
The colours therefore represent the life on this planet. How are we gonna save the earth from losing its colours?
SUSAN DE CASTRO – VISUAL ARTIST
Susan is a full time professor and Program Coordinator of Digital Multimedia Design, and Fine Arts, in Touro College, New York, since 1996. Previous to this position, she taught art in public schools. She has a BFA from the Tyler School of Art/Temple University, and received an MA degree from New York University. She regularly exhibits in group shows in New York City with the National Association of Women Artists, and the Art Student’s League of New York.
Her landscape/cityscape work focuses on personal experiences she has during travels, both locally and abroad. She aims to convey a “moment” in the experience; whether its walking on a foreign street, or in her home town of New York. She looks to express a feeling of anonymity, which explains why some of her paintings have minimal figures and unrecognizable faces. She likes to combine nature with structural space. Also, she chooses a similar vantage point, in terms of one point perspective, to portray a feeling of wonder, as to “what’s down the road”- a metaphor for her life, generally speaking.
Her still life paintings focus on color, contrast and interactions with natural light. She enjoys working from nature and objects, and love to play with the endless possibilities of color and light. Her portraits also play with color and light; aiming to capture the model’s expression.
During her stay in Casa Na Ilha, she would like to capture, people, nature, and objects on the island and within the house, to further expand on current themes of my work.
ANN MCGINLEY – PAINTER
Ann McGinley has a preoccupation with paint, water, colour and light.
Her work is formed through an intense contemplation of her immediate environment; especially the collision between order and chaos. Amorphous shapes in light and shadow gradually emerge out of a confusion of watery paint.
Mcginley, a painter based in Melbourne, is originally from London – her parents from Ireland and Turkey – were ‘£10 poms’. This fragmented background is reflected often unconsciously in her images. She uses Japanese watercolour, gouache and ink to stain large canvases and gradually build form through a layering process. The result often appears to be unresolved and distorted. Her most recent works use the imagery of weeds as metaphors for migration, dislocation, fusion and endurance.
Mcginley recently completed a Masters in Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne).
MAHAM MALIK – VISUAL/MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Maham’s work is inspired by the relationship between identity and space, she works in the intersection of art and social justice, exploring the transformative ability of art to imagine and express identity beyond certainties. She is co-founder of The Dabke Collective, an artistic movement geared towards activism through participatory, collaborative art and story-telling. It seeks to create spaces for the repossession of silenced voices, unheard stories and alternative realities. The projects are meant to foster a collective imagination that allows us to think outside of the binary of ‘us’ and the ‘other’, and instead engage in dialogue which connects us. She works as a lead conceptual artist and has co-curated several multi-disciplinary arts exhibits starting with their first project “In Search on Lines”. As a visual artist she explores personal narratives, her paintings and illustrations are a necessary means for her to connect with ideas of rootedness, ancestry and politics of identity. Currently she is working as lead conceptual artist on Soundtography, an auditory exploration of journeys of migration and displacement of a group of 12 self-identified womxn artists from diverse backgrounds. The project is providing a space for exploration and creation as these womxn go through a series of 12 workshops (from April 13 to June 29), gaining both technical abilities to understand, record, and create sound narratives as well as exploring the emotional and physical landscapes of their journeys with various facilitators. Soundtography will eventually exhibit the 12 sounds maps which speak to each womxn’s journey in an immersive sound exhibit at the end of the year. She has also been involved in designing interventions through social programming in Pakistan and Toronto.
MAISIE COUSINS – PHOTOGRAPHER
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.
MILES BROKENSHIRE – VISUAL ARTIST
Miles Brokenshire is a visual artist currently living in Toronto. He specializes in large format photography and capturing the performing arts. His view on the inherent spontaneity of movement blends into the nature of our surroundings, whether man-made or natural. What is often left behind in nature ends up becoming the lone dancer in the wind, in a constant state of change. We live in the moment of our contemporary existence.
CHASE CLARENCE CALLOWAY
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST / COSTUME DESIGN & MUSIC PRODUCTION
Chase has recently finished college, having just earned his B.F.A. from School of The Art Institute of Chicago. As an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in costume design and music production, he uses these mediums to create artwork that addresses the ways in which climate change is directly caused by constant colonialism. Being of Afro-Indigenous decent, he takes a personal interest in the ways centuries of slavery and genocide have crafted his families' lineage and the entire lens in which we understand history and the modern world. To help expand consciousness and inspire people to deprogram their misconceptions of reality, Chase aims to share the true history of the Americas through mediums of poetry, fashion, and musical compositions.
ALYSON DOYLE - PLAYWRITER
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
MISATO INOUE AND FELIX DUMERIL - DANCERS
Japan and Switzerland
Our dance company T42dance was founded 2006 . We are always looking for pathway out of our comfort zone, permanently researching new form of expression. Our primary concern Is finding combination of body, dynamism, physicality and theatricality. What moves people , what inites them are very much at the centre of focus. All these strands find expression in poetical huorous and comically physical dance theatre.
Until now , we have been created 18 full –length and short production that has been seen in 25 countries. We love meeting and exchanging with people through our art.
During our time in residence we are expecting to encounter detachment from our familialities. We have been performing in different countries but neither of us ever been to Brasil. We would like to expose ourselves to something we are not familier and embrace unknown . We also want to be connected to nature. We believe nature has a great power for well being as well as source of creativities. We have much respect for nature and environment . And Casa Na Ilha does same respect for the environment and local people which are very important for us too.
At the end of the residency , we hope to create clearer concept for future projects and hope to bring us closer to finding our own format of movement expression.. which will be incorporate in our future productions.
ALEJANDRA VARELA PERERA - PAINTER
"The notion that colour is bound up with the fate within Western culture sounds odd, and not very likely to be true. This is what I want to argue: that colour has been the object of extreme prejudice in Western culture. For the most part, this prejudice has remained unchecked and has passed unnoticed and yet it is a prejudice that is so all-embracing and generalized that, at one time or another, it has enrolled just about every other prejudice in its service. If its object were a furry animal, it would be protected by international law. But its object is, it is said, almost nothing, even though it is at the same time a part of almost everything and exists almost everywhere. It is, I believe, no exaggeration to say that, in the West, since Antiquity, colour has been systematically marginalised, reviled, diminished and degraded. Generations of philosophers, artists, art historians and cultural theorists of one stripeor another have kept this prejudice alive, warm, fed and groomed. As with all prejudices, its manifest form, it’s loathing, masks a fear: a fear of contamination and corruption by something that is unknown or appears unknowable. This loathing of colour, this fear of corruption through colour, needs a name: chromophobia.”
An extract of the book Chromophobia
written by David Batchlor
So when I talk about color I talk about the aforementioned. I need color,because in my life and in my world I see color. When I arrived to Italy I noticed how proudly my Italian friends talked about their art, talked about the “great ones” Michelangelo, Da vinci, Caravaggio and all the others. But I notice that when I talked about those artists which I consider to be the “great ones” they seemed to looked pale in comparison with the Italian artists.
I started painting the only way I knew: with a lot of color. People would tell me “you are so Mexican, so colorful, so happy” they would say that my paintings had a lot “feelings” as if they weren’t taking it seriously, as if I was child that enjoyed color and my paintings were nothing more than cute and nice pairings of colors, we never talked about my “ability” to paint.
At the university one of my classes
consisted in presenting new material in front of the class so a de- bate could be created.
I presented a portrait of a women in a red dress with plants as background titled “Josefa” the feedback was that I should try and paint more “Mexican” that maybe I could try a more “political” approach, that I should use even more color, they told me I seemed confused. What happened in my opinion was that they weren’t talking about my painting, they were talking about me, about how they expected me to be, about how they expected me to paint.
REIS TURNBULL – PRINTMAKER/VISUAL ARTIST
Northern Ireland, UK
Reis was born in Bangor, UK. She has recently earned a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Printmaking.
Reis is a multidisciplinary artist, she uses the tools and techniques of science in her creative process to make art informed by science. The artwork explores the relationship between art and science, specifically observation, experimentation, method and calibration. She is driven by the curiosity of how scientific process can be used to produce artwork that emphasizes creative aspects of the disciplines working together.
Reis exhibits her work internationally including UK, Washington and Finland
CARLEY MC HENRY
I received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I focused my artists education on painting and photography. Currently my focus hass been on developing a cohesive group of paintings and drawings focused on anatomy, biology and psucology of humans and animals. My goal in 2018 is to create a body of work that could be prestend as a group. I work with acrylic and oil paints usuing an exposed paintin style to mimic inner anatomy, if not representing anatomical structures outright.
During the residency at Casa Na Ilha I would be focusing on creating fully realized graphite drawings, and paint sketches for future paintings.
KATHERINE BOXALL – PAINTER
Katherine Boxall is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew in a bilingual family, speaking French and English. In 2016, she graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University, including an international exchange at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in 2015. Currently, Katherine is an MFA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute focusing in painting. She experiments with dry drawing media, spray paint and oil on a variety of surfaces including textiles. Her paintings deal with the figure, femininity and intimacy. Katherine has exhibited her work in Canada, Australia and the United States.
CHASEN WOLCOTT – DRAWING AND PAINTING
Growing up in California has an enormous amount of value in my life. From the way I treat my coastlines, encounter a variety of big cities filled with many different cultures, and through the movements of skateboarding, surfing, and street art. In California I am lucky enough to have been shaped with so much diversity in order to preserve qualities of life that are so challenged in today's forecast. Within each of those aspects, the speed of modern life gives me adrenaline to use creative linework through the culture that I've lived with for many years with confident decision making and control. Obsessed with a variety of fearless application, I also commit to slow the brush and downshift through moments using charcoal, oils, acrylics, graphite, and ink. If I hesitate, the action won't feel genuine because hesitation kills.
Inspired by the optically rebellious artistic attitudes that exist between Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and even Impressionism, my mixed Native American and Mexican heritage is expressed through primitive mark-making and primordial elements. Imagery redefines direct experiences and real time intimacy. People-watching and unapologetic sexual expression are central to my artistic lust by investigating masculine and feminine interaction. I process real life situations then unleash artistic fascinations through rapid painterly gesture. Now affirming that the world has been enriched by a new form of beauty: the beauty of speed.
I went to California State University, Long Beach for undergraduate BFA in Drawing and Painting, while currently receiving my MFA in Painting at San Francisco Art Institute. From a very observational training in painting to a less graphic and more candid painting process has evolved over the last 5 years. I wanted to make visible the process of searching and essence in every mark accessible in which I cared so much about. Investigative approaches has taught me how to preserve color integrity and understand painting in more of the present moment.
To connect more please visit my website: www.chasenwolcott.com
Or go to my Instagram: @poursauce
CHARLES PAPILLO – Visual Artist
Los Angeles – U.S.A
Charles Papillo was born in 1986 into an Italian American family in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. From a young age, he was constantly performing, sculpting with random material and creating invented worlds for himself and others. He moved to New York City at the age of 18 and attended Parsons the New School for Design where he received a BFA in Fine Arts in 2008. During that time, he travelled around Europe, Ecuador, and North America and also attended Hellenic International Studies in the Arts in Paros, Greece. Post-graduation, he attended a handful of artist residencies within Spain, but ended up settling in San Francisco, California by late 2009. He recently moved to Los Angeles last year and has continued to work on large scale de-collage drawings, “The Book” (hand-made stream of consciousness books) and new video work pertaining to the human body, movement, identity and ritual. Articulated concisely within his artist’s statement:
Taking things - both living and inanimate - out of a particular context yields a new and sometimes ambiguous identity; a palimpsest of the former self remains.
My work is a ritual that is presented through imagery and through space, and the resulting conversation within this territory.
ANDREA WILKINS – PAINTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
U.S.A – South Korea
I take photographs. I am inspired by stillness, nature, music, relationships and the complexity of everyday life. I am an art educator and a yoga teacher. I am interested in the spiritual, meditation, ritual and prayer. In my time in Brazil, I plan to document the magical vibrations of the Brazilian jungle. My response will focus on my direct relationship to my surroundings, through meditative practice, visceral sensation and spirit guidance. Nature has the capacity to enchant and reveal deep truths and healing wisdom within us. It is my goal to listen to this communication and create photographic stories. I hope my proposed body of work will reveal a sense of love, nurture and light.
My background is in painting, photography, education and dance. I studied at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota, Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and received my Art Education K12 teaching license as well as Master in Art Curriculum at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I am passionate about the creative process being a source of healing and therapy for all people. I have been a yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and consider my practice a critical part of my growth and experience in life. Currently, I live and work in Jeju Island, South Korea and have been here for the past 5 years.
BEATE KHUN: PAINTING INSTALLATION COLOUR AND SPATIAL DESIGN
With my colour design work I am creating colour concepts for public buildings as schools, hospitals, senior residencys, kindergardens, offices etc. The design is aimed to suit the people who are spending a lot of time inside the building, so as a consequence their health is improving, they are feeling more happy, because they are in an environment they like and feel comfortable with, and it is also improving their working capacities. Currently I am doing research about showing that people feel much better in naturally coloured environments. Painting During the process of painting it is important to me to advance to the essence of the painting I am working on. From this a specifc colouring or ambiance accrues. By conceiving the energy of a certain person / situation / object / space a kind of translation process is taking place in which this kind of energy is being transferred into a visual expression of colour and form. This can embody both figurative and purely abstract elements. During the process of painting something autonomous is emerging. As the painting is developping it is getting more and more complex. It is obtaining its specifc character. In this way both multilayeredness and visual depth emerge. This is being intensifed through synaesthetic references; the chime of a certain colour is playing an important role to this. Thematically the painting refers to the installation work, only the way of expression is being different. It is a matter of the connection between inside and outside space, the movements in-between. A movement that flows, becomes firm, and again dissolves. In my latest series reflections I am working with traces that light is leaving behind on certain surfaces, in certain surroundings and the ambiance which is created through this. In my Installation work I am dealing with the tension between inside and outside space. Creating the inside spaces I am using predominantly semi-transparent fabric, mainly silk. The outer shape of the sewed spaces depends on the site or is to be seen in relation to it. I like collaborating with other artists, musicians and choreographers, since there is a strong connection between colour, form, space, sound, light and movement. One can relate to the other or be transferred into one another. My sewed silk spaces can be seen as site-specifc work in which maybe another artist can produce an appropriate sound work or movement. A choreographical interpretation or interference could also be possible. Site and light are important factors of my work.
During my stay at Casa Na Ilha I would like to forward two things in particular. One is more directed towards the outside, the other one towards the inside. Talking about the so called outside first: I want to be working on colour concepts for schools and hospitals in particular. The aim behind is to serve health and wellbeing of children and people who are ill. I am deeply convinced that the surrounding environment is having a great impact on people and a bad environment can do much damage. In addition to this I would like to contribute to the wellbeing of the people who are living nearby. This could be very interesting I think. The more introspective part of my stay would be about art. I would like to develop my painting and installation work in a place where I will be surrounded by nature and where I will be free of every-day-life-distractions. Being in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment will enable me to exchange and share my ideas with others which I would highly appreciate. Short Biography _Fine Art studies: Karlsruhe (GER), Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, painting class Prof. Max G. Kaminski Berlin (GER), Hochschule der Kunste, painting class Prof. Lemke Brussels (B), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts Glasgow (UK), Glasgow School of Art _ scholarships: Glasgow (UK), Barcelone (S), Landau (GER) _ personal assistant of Marina Abramovic, Madrid, 1992
MINJEONG OH - VISUAL ARTIST
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.