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!
ELISE CHANG - PAINTER
KOREA – U.S.A.
I am a Korean-American figurative artist born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I have always had a love for drawing and painting since I was a child and decided to pursue it in undergrad. I obtained my BFA in drawing and painting in May of 2019 and during my time have been in group exhibitions in Georgia, California, and Riga, Latvia. Aside from visual arts, I have a love for music and film.
My work deals with my own personal perspectives on life, particularly identity and expression. Growing up as a 2nd Generation Korean-American in southern United States has had its cultural inconsistencies while growing up, something that I mainly draw inspiration from. While I have lived in the United States all my life, I still embrace my cultural background and want to share with others why diversity is crucial in creating a positive setting. Furthermore, growing up with First-Generation Korean parents have taught me to suppress my emotions, something common among people in Korea. Due to this upbringing, I have always used art as an outlet for my passion, expressing emotion to communicate with viewers. Despite working within the context of traditional representational drawing and painting, I aim to convey something more disconcerting than a direct academic representation.
I find the tranquil atmosphere of Casa Na Ilha will help me to focus directly on my work without any external distractions. The setting is very different from where I live, where I often have trouble focusing solely on my work due to living in the city. I currently do not have an outside studio so a quiet place where I can stay with other creative types and develop work would be an ideal setting for me. As a recent graduate, it would also be a great opportunity to connect with other artists from around the world and exchange information in a retreat-like setting surrounded by wildlife.
SOFÍA ALRICH VEYTIA - PAINTER AND PRINTMAKER
I explore the essence of our universe through amorphous figures made up of light and darkness. My current practice revolves around the relationship between physics, hermeticism, alchemy, and spirituality, focused on vibration, the spirit, and transcendence as dialogical concepts between the fields mentioned. I work mainly with abstraction in painting and printmaking as a means to represent what is outside of our sensible plane.
My interest in the similarities between Hermeticism and Quantum Physics is that they both look for the essential connections in the universe, one from a spiritual viewpoint and the other scientific. I believe that it is essential for human beings to understand that we are all connected, and not just to each other but also to nature. The main problems that we face today as mankind is that we are not empathetic and respectful to others and to the world we live in. man is not the center of this life, we are not superior beings, and we have to stop treating the world and the earth as something inferior to us, which has no apparent "consciousness". If we open our eyes and understand that we are all in essence the same we will treat our planet and all that lives within it with greater respect. We are intrinsically connected to every living being, and everything that exists.
This is what I seek to convey through the artistic representations that I will make during the residency. Through paintings and drawings. The series will continue a current exploration of representing "windows" to another reality, to the spiritual dimension of nature, to show that it is as alive as we are.
DOMINIKA SOBOLEWSKA - EXHIBITION DESIGNER, ACADEMIC TEACHER.
With the support of by the project implemented at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland
As an artist for some time I have been absorbed by the aspects of communication and the specifics of the functioning of selected social groups. Especially the last of my projects (Ziggurat, Skimoji) faced the intersocial aspects of public space. By researching specific areas of human activity I am looking for a specific dialogue with the environment. The island of ILHABELA inhabited by the specific Caicaras community, marked by their lifestyle, seems to me the perfect place for my creative search. However I deal not only with the human aspect, but also with the natural landscape tissue, its architecture, infrastructure and specific climate. My presence in a selected area of reality makes sense, drawing inspiration from it. Usually, the result of my search are participatory spatial installations, often exposed to confrontation with public space and the surrounding landscape. My activity revolves around the idea of dialogue between the work of art and the audience. Realized objects often occur as small architectural forms prompting onlookers to a deeper interaction. In such a convention, I would like to make an installation summarizing my research on the ILHABELA island.
Dominika is an artist, exhibition designer, academic teacher. PhD in Fine Arts. Head of the Interactive Space Design laboratory of the Interior Architecture & Design Faculty of the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts and Design (PL). In the period 2013-15 researcher within the Thematic Spaces Department of EXPO 2015, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano (IT). Author of numerous interactive installations, experimental projects dedicated to public space. Co-author of Interactive Playground, project realized in 2008 together with Patrycja Mastej and Paweł Janicki, produced by WRO Art Center which so far has been experienced by over three hundred thousand viewers in major art galleries and museums – from Moscow to Edinburgh. Her activity revolves around the idea of dialogue between the work of art and the audience. Realized objects often occur as small architectural forms prompting onlookers to a deeper interaction.
ALAIA DE SANTIS – MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Alaia De Santis is a multi faceted London based artist. Alaia began her arts education at Hampstead Fine Arts, before moving on to study at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Alaia then went on to specialize in both print making at Parson School of Design and painting at the University of Arts London Camberwell. Alaia’s work explores the history of popular images and iconography through collage, film and painting. Her works touch on an uncanny kind of familiarity juxtaposed with commercial surreality.
PEICHIN CHIANG - ESSAYIST, FICTION WRITER AND JOURNALIST
PeiChin CHIANG was born in Taiwan, has lived in Singapore and India.
She is an essayist, fiction writer, and journalist responding to underrepresented people, social and
labor issues in Asia. Her most recent writing is the post-memory about rites of passage in the form of prose: “Uncover the shell”. The book she wrote records the process and details of a
traditional funeral in Taiwan and portrays the grief and condolence from the living, her, as a suicide survivor.
She also uses different media for creation, such as video and visual art installations. She once held an artist-in-residence exhibition in Matsu, Taiwan, and joint exhibition in the historic district of Bopiliao, Taiwan.
She works as a storyteller and communicator in the public and business world. She obtained a Global MBA, ESSEC Business School (École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales) from Singapore and France, Master and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Chemistry from National Taiwan University.
JAKE HIGGINS- MULTIMEDIUM FREE- FLOW ARTIST AND WRITER
My love for nature, mountains and fluid constant motion helps to curate the landscapes of each piece I create. It allows me to draw out these tangible textures from my mind to pen or paintbrush. Looking forward to seeing and feeling what is created through immersing myself in the natural beauty of my surroundings while learning from other artists during my stay.
LISA SEWELL – POETRY
I am the author of several books of poetry, including Impossible Object, which received the Tenth Gate prize from Word Works press. I am currently working on a manuscript of poems titled “Dry Spell,” which focuses on endangered species and disappearing ecosystems. For this book, I am trying to develop a poetics that can address the experience of living in the midst of a sixth extinction event, with dangerous weather and a destabilized environment. The manuscript includes a series of poems about endangered species, like the California grizzly and the Florida panther, and also place-based poems that explore the cultural and ecological history of endangered environments like the Salmon River estuary in Oregon and the Colorado river in Arizona. I have also been working on a series of poems about the 18th century Dutch/German artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, whose most famous prints are based on her stay in Suriname. I am excited to learn about the flora and fauna of the area around Casa Na Ilha and have a first-hand encounter with some of the plants and creatures that appear in Merian’s images from Suriname, like the Blue Morpho butterfly in this print.
IOANA PALAMAR – FINE ARTS
Born in Rădăuți town, Suceava town, Romania on 10th of July 1989 and currently established in Iași town, Romania.
KIMBERLY DAVIDSON - ARTIST AND EDUCATOR
I am a feminist artist & educator, seeking to build a stronger tie between my own art practice, teaching and cultural politics. Currently, I work as a ceramic, design and jewelry instructor outside of Chicago and use writing and painting to explore feminist issues within teaching & the art world.
Starting grad school in 2018, I began developing a painting practice that investigates the female form, personal trauma and history through abstraction, gesture and color. In 2020 I graduated with my Masters in Teaching, with a thesis focused on the feminist lense. Since this time, I’ve had little opportunity with grad school, starting a new job and with covid to experiment large scale with this work. During my stay at Casa Na Ilha, I plan to investigate the female form further through layering and collaging large scale drawings created on Yupo.
SUSAN WILLOCKS – INSTALLATION ART AND PAINTING
In 2014, I moved to Montréal (Canada) from my hometown, where I was lucky to grow up surrounded by forest, fields and lakes. Such a drastic change inspired reflection about the way we interact with nature and how we impact the environment. At first, the transition manifested in my artistic practice through photographs and sculptures that combined city-scapes with country scenery - sometimes in contrast to each other, other times simply co-existing. While completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University, I found myself drawn to installation art and painting, exploring themes such as mental illness, the stigma attached to it and the importance of taking care of ourselves as well as our earth. Regardless of the medium or specific topic, my work emphasizes the concept of change - both in our physical world and in emotional states.
Last year, I co-curated an exhibition that embraced the struggles of artists facing mental health issues. The exhibition title, Tides, (suggested by my colleague Debora Alanna) meant a lot to me. The ocean’s ever-changing state compares to one’s emotional journey: some days are easier than others. Like many things in nature, feelings come in waves. I have been drawn to water for as long as I can remember and that obsession has begun flowing into my artistic practice.
My time at Casa Na Ilha will be used to explore ways of depicting my favourite element. Water is essential for life yet it can also be fatal. I plan on working mainly with watercolour, charcoal, graphite and acrylic paint and using photography to inspire large-scale paintings once in my studio back home. Though the ocean is my main focus, I will spend some time observing the exotic wildlife on the island and am excited to discover how those creatures will impact my work.
SAMANTHA MORRIS – VISUAL ARTIST
Samantha Morris was born in 1995 and grew up in Madison, Connecticut; she now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Morris graduated from The University of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing. In addition, she is continuing her graduate studies in the MFA Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute. Solo exhibitions include: Kanna Rými, Listhús Gallery in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland; and BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Space Between, The University of the Arts. Selected group exhibitions include Black and White, Site:Brooklyn, Paperworks, b.j spoke gallery and Space Invaders, Fountain Street Gallery among others. Morris’ work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine and Underground Pool.
“My large monochromatic graphite drawings and prints suggest the experience of an individual traveling through a space. Exploring place through architecture, interiors, and plant life, I am fascinated by the feeling of light and its stillness. Through the labor intensive mark-making process, internal light emerges from the work. By questioning both specificity and ambiguity, the work exists in the in-between.”
CHYNA CASSELL - MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST
My name is Chyna Cassell and I am a Liberian-American multi-disciplinary artist whose main modes of expression are fiction writing, languages and linguistics, and visual storytelling. My time at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in New York has allowed me the freedom to experiment with and explore my different interests while accruing first-hand experiences. I have been able to shape my politics and be surrounded by highly creative individuals who have inspired me to see my own capacity for creativity.
Up to this point, I have studied a handful of languages (both independently and formally) including French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, etc. and I have been tutoring French for the past two years. I welcome immersive experiences so I am grateful to take part in Casa Na Ilha for this reason, too. Literature, as a reader and a writer, has become an integral part of my life and I also look forward to adding to my collection of short stories and further developing some fiction novels I have started as well. By the time I am at Casa Na Ilha, I will have graduated from my undergraduate studies and I look at this as an opportunity to continue gaining knowledge about myself and the world around me.
Anything imaginable has the potential to be real within a story and my work serves to challenge myself and others to use our imaginations as a tool for fashioning the type of world we want to inhabit. My work reflects my own dynamic nature and the overall goal of it is to facilitate a constant conversation between structures at play, the collective community, and the individual.
DONOVAN RILEY – FINE ART
My name is Donovan Riley, and I am a traditional fine artist from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I graduated from Georgia State University at the age of 20, making me a first-generation graduate. For many years to follow the accelerated pace of lifestyle in a major city, I have been longing for a disconnect to authentically express personal philosophy and experience. My work varies from digital collage to my personally favored Trump L’oeil method of watercolor painting.
In this cumbersome world of images, I am constantly seeking a more curated composition reflecting my own thought. When creating collages, a considerable measure of my attention focuses on the alluring (and definition of). The personal significance of allurement is the undisputed theory that it is the number one tool in accelerating our consumption and one of the biggest contributors to this world’s shameful desires of the flesh and materialism. Images found in magazine or digitally, make up the bulk of my database. In my collage process, the variety of subject matter and hues demand focus to create balance and avoid overwhelming vibrancy.
While decisiveness is key in composing artwork, I find collage can lead to a lush offspring both on purpose and accident. Collages allow for my philosophies on materialism to be expressed in an enticing composition, which the viewer can visually consume without complete comprehension upon first interaction. The drive behind my compositions is the juxtaposition of provocative and profound to create a push-pull interaction. The goal is to get the now visually ravenous consumer to engage for longer periods through enticement.
Through collage, I invite longer engagement with my creation, via attraction and personal spontaneity. The human tendency of dismissive viewing in our contemporary society is due to over-consumption, dogmatic discernment, and assumption. Traditional artwork in essence is a transference of what we are composed of mentally, physically, and spiritually, into a tangible item, solid in time and space. From simplicity and time, purity is forged. What does the act of embellishment forge? --Art poses a question and design creates a statement. When a piece does both, one has achieved an objectively successful composition that becomes accessible for discourse and further individual thought.
Instagram: @supedeglupe Website: donovanriley.squarespace.com
HOWARD C WILLIS JR – OIL PAINTING
My name is Howard C Willis JR. and I am an art elementary teacher in Wesley Heights Elementary in Columbus GA. I have graduated with my M.A.T. in Art Education from Columbus State University and have been teaching for 4 years. I have been in several local art shows in my hometown, as well as shows in Japan and Hong Kong. My medium of choice is oil painting.
My work deals with the people I know and their experiences. I have a genuine love of painting people and painting the objects around me as a means of gaining information and understanding. I have admired painters like Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Kehinde Wiley, and local Columbus artist Gary Pound for their ability to capture not only the physical attributes of the people that pose for them, but the spiritual aspects as well.
My time in Casa Na Ilha will be highly fascinating. I am looking forward to learning more about the Caicaras, the traditional inhabitants of southeastern Brazil. My work will focus on the people and the experiences of the island, and I am excited to learn more about the fellow artists. I have a drive and a passion for multiculturalism and learning about different cultures and societies. Travel and experience fuel my creativity.
SIMONE VARANO – SINGER, SONGWRITER, FILMMAKER AND ACTIVIST
My name is Simone Varano (aka Cöco Mamba) and I'm a singer, song writer, filmmaker and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. I started my career in documentary filmmaking in 2013 with a DIY web series titled Hour by Hour. The series was a POV perspective of the day-to-day events and activities I participated in as a young creative living in NYC. The series made small waves, appearing in blogs such as Afropunk and Blavity. I continued working in film after I graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2014 with a BBA in Strategic Design and Management. Immediately after graduation, the death of Mike Brown and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement prompted me to start documenting the events surrounding the movement. In 2014 I travelled to Ferguson, MO with the director and DP of what would later become Whose Streets. Following our stay, I assisted with the edit of the documentary feature film until it's Sundance premiere in 2017.
I continued to work in social justice, traveling to Baltimore, MD after the death of Freddie Gray to document the protests there, and helping to organize and document the NYC Millions March here in NYC. After returning to the New School to study for a Masters Certificate in Media Management in 2015, I realized that I could no longer ignore my desire to create music and decided to combine it with my love of filmmaking. In 2016 I released my first single "Humble Yourself" and the positive feedback I received encouraged me to keep going. I released a few other singles and visuals that year and made small waves here and there. During my stay in Park City, UT during the premiere of Whose Streets, I wrote, recorded, and shot a femme-positive cover to Migos' "Bad and Boujee" in the house the festival provided. The video was released on Valentines Day of that year and made small waves initially. On March 22nd 2018 I had my first show, opening up for my friend's punk band "The Meltaways". A member of the audience happened to be roommates with a writer at The FADER, who showed my "Bad and Boujee" song to the editor-in-chief at the time, and I woke up the next day to my first FADER feature.
I continue to do work in film, working as a freelance video editor for companies such as Amazon, Youtube, and Forbes. I use my freelance work to fund my music career independently. I also produce, conceptualize, and edit each and every one of my music videos (as seen in Okayplayer, Revolt TV, Earmilk). Both my music and visuals are directly inspired by my environment and current emotions, so I'm excited to see what my stay at Casa Na Ilha inspires.
ELOA JANE - ENVIROMENTAL ART
When I started my artistic career, I looked to the most immediate and most abundant resource I had at my disposal, namely, junk mail. The prospect of reusing what was to become trash appealed to my concern for the environment. Moreover, the transformation of that which is worthless into something valuable resonated with my own journey of reinventing my life. I now create reliefs and sculptures out of office paper, magazines, newspapers, phone books, and even coffee filters. I carefully sift and sort through a variety of paper in order to create a color palette. I then roll, coil and weave the selected paper to form different textures. The result is a series of artworks that showcase not only technique but also meaningful personal experiences."
During the artist-in-residence program at Casa na Ilha I will be working on a new art series, Abroad, that tells the stories of immigrants to unfamiliar lands. The series is inspired in particular by the struggles and triumphs experienced by the Brazilian community in The United States. I am myself one such immigrant.
Abroad goes beyond the traditional news media approach to talking about immigration. The series has no intention of criticizing or justifying any side of this polarized issue. Instead, Abroad opens a window into the heart of immigrants in order to portray their personal experiences to the viewer.
BANAH AL GHADBANAH – POET
Syria / U.S.A
Banah el Ghadbanah is a Syrian poet raised in the u.s south. Zhe is wanted for 50 million lira by the Syrian government for publishing a viral video about Syria's human rights abuses. Banah is the recipient of the 2021 Diverse Voices Prize from Dzanc Books. Zhe will publish zir first book, syrena in space, with Dzanc in 2022. Banah has a PhD in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego in Ethnic Studies. Zir research investigates the freedom schools Syrian women open under siege and examines the role of the arts, such as poetry and theatre, in those spaces as a tool for transformation. Zhe received B.A.'s in Comparative Women's Studies and Sociology from Spelman College and has a masters in Ethnic Studies. Zhe is published in Afghan Punk Magazine, 3asal, Voice & Verse, Sukoon: an Arab Themed Magazine, the Feminist Wire, Aunt Chloe, As/Us Journal, and many other places. You can follow them at @banahghadbanah on instagram to get in touch.
ODILIA MARTINEZ-FALERO SUANZES – MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Adapting art as a way of living, I tend to immerse myself in unfamiliar environments, traveling through space like a nomad searching for a new oasis to live in. At the basis of this search is the creation and expansion of a visual language that compounds both conscious and subconscious visual experience, informed by the experience of diverse and unfamiliar cultural, lingual and architectural experiences.
A series of questions stem to mind during this research, what makes an art object? If intent is intrinsic to an art object, to what degree is making necessary? In the words of Joseph Beuys "every sphere of human activity, even peeling a potato can be a work of art as long as it is a conscious act," the idea being that every decision you make should be thought out and attempt to make or contribute to the formation of a work of art able to mirror the contemporary. While intent appears to be key in generating art objects, the physical act of making remains an integral part of my practice.
Mixing gathered materials, mainly from natural sources such as rocks, plants and earth. The chemical reactions that occur when mixing these materials are recorded and constitute the painted surface. This search for materials took me to use blood as medium, recycling my biological waste of my monthly cycles, giving this condition a chance to get closer to femininity and my own body.
Blood has been use throughout art history as a pigment, to make statements in relation to violence, gender equality, religion and the politics of menstruation. This in turn sparked the need to get closer to my body, inducing me to create a microscope constituted primarily of a web cam and a projector. I made a record of all the materials used through photographs and videos.
Through this research it became apparent that my interest in the corporal was intrinsic to nature, questioning the modes of display adopted in my practice. The traditional white neutral space felt limiting, pushing me to create and search for new ways of expression. Using sculpture, slide protectors, microscopes, photography, video, painting, found objects with the aim of creating installations, being more ﬂexible and playful with space and my own ideas without limiting the making. Having the opportunity to be in a new space and environment I am hoping to to develop a new series of installations with what the place itself will give me. Making immersive spaces with objects, sculptures, and projected images and videos of the vast microscopic world that surround us.
Odilia Martinez-Falero Suanzes was born in 1993 in Madrid. She graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2016, where she won The Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduated Show. She was selected to do a residency at the Griffin Gallery just before finishing her degree and has been doing a number of residencies ever since, which nowadays is a big part of her practice and her artistic development. Odilia is part of the Brocket Gallery, where she has done a number of exhibitions in London and out of London.
EVA CALDAS - DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR
Eva is a designer and illustrator originally from and currently based in Spain although has lived in London for many years.
She wants to use her trip to Brazil as an opportunity to learn and explore other passions of her, partner dancing and capoeira, and research a way of incorporating them into her illustration practice. She is interested in aspects like gender roles, personal fulfilment, the sense of community and how static mediums like drawing and painting could represent such dynamic activities.
She believes this residency is a great opportunity to find the space and time and to work on that plus the motivation and the collaborations to push her work further.
JAYSON LUCE – COLLAGE ARTIST
Researching my identity as a gay man, I use humor with my collage pieces to poke fun at how fearful and uneducated society tends to be in regards to the LGBTQ community, more specifically the gay community. With this perspective I comment on how society is transitioning, all be it sometimes at a snail’s pace, to honestly face the complicated issues concerning the LGBTQ community in regards to equality, marriage and acceptance in the church. I want my audience to find this particular work of my sexual identity funny, but to consider these major issues of our generation.
I have begun this introspective work by using traditional images from 1950’s and 1960’s home catalogs to draw from the classic American-dream view of society. I then added modern day models and actors to comfortably live within my created environment, whether they were simply relaxing in a chair or cleaning house. Other images that I have embedded within these scenes are suggestive items like hot dogs, or fruit painted plates hinting at a derogatory name that gay men are labeled, as well as “Common” gay slang. With this work, I have consciously chosen to play with the idea of traditional home images to argue what is traditional? What is the American dream? What are gender norms? As well as other issues that directly impact the LGBTQ community and the discrimination that many experience daily.
STEFANIE JORDAN - VISUAL ARTIST, FILMMAKER, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR, LECTURER AND COMIC ARTIST
I am a visual artist, filmmaker, illustrator, lecturer and comic artist based in Berlin, Germany.
I have made animated films as well as feature-length documentaries for over twenty years: writing, directing, producing and doing camerawork both in Germany and in the US.
In the past few years I have been gravitating towards more illustrative work including comics and graphic narration.
In my animation practice as well as in my comics work, I appreciate the value of meaning behind each image, but also the innate significance of the space between panels, which is frequently where the real story is told, made manifest in the minds of reader, spectator and audience. I love this alchemy - the interactive process of creating dimensions of time through narrative.
I am particularly interested in hybrid categories such as comic-poertry and reportage as well as documentary animation: there is an implicit contradiction to these genres which I find very compelling.
The subjective and emotional qualities of the drawn or painted image lend themselves particularly well to documentation, acting as „a creative treatment of actuality “.
During this residency I am planning to concentrate on one project as well as engaging in inspirational exchanges with other artists from around the globe. I envision myself developing a graphic narrative or a visual poem inspired by experiences and impressions during my stay.
I am coming with an openess to all manner of experience: to be touched by landscape, ocean, colours, sounds, smells, and people – that inevitable creative atmosphere which is built through artists’ explorations
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.
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.