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!
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.
"My work is an exploration of a stream of moments that I might, otherwise, take for granted. The viewer should see my photos and feel uncertain of time and space. My work is meant to transcend the concept of reality and touch upon the emotional sensitivity of the viewer, bringing about an escape into similar moments which they’ve experienced. Through dreamlike, saturated images I am able to tap into the esoteric core of imagination, the poetic realm in which the effects of the empirical upon the conscious are unknowingly explored. Exposing the imagery and texture of the poetic interpretive core allows my art to communicate our primitive, emotional foundation, thus impacting my viewers in a cathartic manner, and providing myself with the same release.”
MARY MODEEN – INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, is an artist/academic, who lectures in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Scotland. She is the founder and Course Director of the Masters of Fine Art in Art & Humanities in Dundee, and also led the undergraduate Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices course for seven years previously. Modeen supervises PhD students and is the Associate Dean for Internationalisation. Her mother was of Fond du Lac Ojibwe ancestry and her father was first generation with Scandinavian parents. Modeen lectured for several years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire before moving to Scotland. Her work has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, memory studies, and place-based research, which connects many of these concerns with attention to cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this research is usually interdisciplinary. Part of this work appears as creative art, usually with an origin in printmaking, and part as writing and presentations. She addresses aspects of seeing that go beyond the visible, questioning what we know as sentient humans. Cultural values and individual differences are inherent in these investigations. Her long-standing interests in poetry and modern literature also inform her work.
JACQUII NOELLE – JAZZ VOCALIST, SONGWRITER AND WRITER
My name is Jacquii Noelle and I am Brooklyn native of Trinidadian descent. I am a prolific jazz vocalist, songwriter and writer who has studied vocal jazz and improvisation with the talented and renowned Fay Victor. I have studied vocal technique with Onno Van Dijk, renowned classical and opera singer in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have been a student of music my entire life, studying with greats like Ardin Herbert, Ken Professor Philmore, Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan and Arturo O'Farrill.
I am an independent artist discovering my voice through lyricism, improvisation and the use of words. I released my first album Womban of Words in 2017. Womban of Words is a debut album that adds a new lyrical perspective to great jazz instrumentals. Many of the songs feature original lyrics that take the listener through an auditory examination of my thought process about love and the human condition. When I write lyrics to instrumental standards, the music forces me to listen to the tone and sound of the instruments. I listen to the vowel sounds the horns make, the feeling the song incites, the story the music wants me to tell. I also listen to what’s not being said, and give it voice through my words and vocal expression.
I would like to use my time at Casa Na Ilha to write a spiritual manifesto which will focus on my life within a seven year period. I believe my time at Casa Na Ilha will take me deeper into the discovery of self, both as an artist and spiritual being navigating this human experience.
REIS TURNBULL – PRINTMAKER/VISUAL ARTIST
Northern Ireland, UK
Reis was born in Bangor, UK. She has recently earned a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Printmaking.
Reis is a multidisciplinary artist, she uses the tools and techniques of science in her creative process to make art informed by science. The artwork explores the relationship between art and science, specifically observation, experimentation, method and calibration. She is driven by the curiosity of how scientific process can be used to produce artwork that emphasizes creative aspects of the disciplines working together.
Reis exhibits her work internationally including UK, Washington and Finland
TORI LASSMAN – PLAYWRITER AND PERFORMER
Tori Lassman is a playwright, performer and a Brooklyn native. She is an alumnus of SUNY Purchase college, where she studied playwriting. Tori is a co-founder and co-director of After-School Special Theatre, a theatre group made up of four female identifying playwrights dedicated to creating theatre that is weird, campy and interactive. In her personal work she strives to write plays that can exist anywhere for anyone and strives to be as bizarre, theatrical and accessible (both economically, intellectually and emotionally) as possible. One of her goals as a theatre artist is to introduce new people to theatre who either have never been exposed to it, or have aversions to the art form. Tori is particularly drawn to creating theatre that wants to be magical, disgusting but also still cathartic and political. Her plays are inspired by power dynamics, gender, smut, simplicity and the theatrical possibilities of the human body. Tori's work plays with making lowbrow signifiers such, as potty humor and transgressive language to be seen as beautiful, emotional and humanistic.
CHRISTINE BAEUMLER - INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Christine Baeumler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in the Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice area. Her artwork explores the potential of art as a catalyst to increase awareness about environmental issues and to facilitate stewardship. Christine’s ancestry includes recent immigrants to the US from Sweden and Germany. She is about to attend a workshop in Sweden about the practice of Northern European Shamanism. Her studio work includes painting and installation, based largely on travel to World Heritage sites including the Australian and Amazon rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Galapagos Islands. Baeumler’s community-based environmental art practice is collaborative and involves the ecological and aesthetic transformation of urban sites with attention to increasing biodiversity, improving water quality, providing habitat and engaging with youth on issues of sustainability. Recent collaborative art and science projects include the Rooftop Tamarack Bog at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bogs, A Love Story documentary, the Pollinator Garden and Buzz Lab at the Plains Art Museum in North Dakota, Backyard Phenology Mobile Lab, and the Pollinator Skyrise, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
STACEY KOLBIG – MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
While in residence, Stacey Kolbig will use the tradition of the landscape to analyze the subjectivity of our beauty ideals and the social and ecological responsibility which they demand. Plein air landscape paintings, lipstick drawings and drone generated photographs will become the source material for large scale digitally constructed compositions that evaluate the bend of natural beauty to will.
Allowing for the play of visual information as it changes form, Kolbig’s practice is designed to function as a feedback cycle responsible for tracking its own production. Artworks created assume the role of source and subject for its successor. Her work has been featured in Congress, Washington D.C., The Katonah Museum of Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Governors Island Art Fair.
Stacey Kolbig is a multimedia artist, designer and educator. Prior to pursuing her MFA, she worked in the architectural field as a graphic designer. As an educator, she has taught a variety of populations including adults with developmental disabilities, college prep and higher education. She currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University. Kolbig holds an MFA in Painting, a BA in Graphic Design and a BA in Studio Art. She lives and works in Connecticut.
ROBIN BAKER -SCULPTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Robin Baker is an American sculptor working in South Bend, IN. His work is focused on the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Baker has a BA in photojournalism and a MFA in sculpture. As a photographer and a sculptor he makes commentary on the effects of environmental degradation, pollution, urban sprawl, and extractivist industry on landscape. Environmental issues are at the center of both Baker’s personal work and collaborative project between he and his wife and fellow sculptor Christyn Overstake. Their work is inspired by research suggesting the planet is going through a 6th mass extinction event. During his residency at Casa Na Ilha Baker hopes to see first-hand the work researchers, conservationists, native peoples, and non-profits are doing to combat the damage being done to the natural world.
JASMIN JOSEPH – WRITER
Jasmin Joseph is an emerging writer living and working in Yonkers, New York. Joseph is a graduate of Georgetown University (2017) holding a BSBA in Marketing and Operations/Information Management with coursework in modern literature and economics. Prior to Casa Na Ilha, she has worked on academic pieces including “The Changing Landscape of Black Hair Care: Marketing to Natural Consumers” for a Georgetown undergraduate business journal and she was a contributor on “Relaxer sales: A multi-country study” with University of Cape Town’s Hair and Skin Lab a paper that compares relaxer sales across countries with large African-diasporic populations including the US, South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil, currently under review. Her most recently published works include “Apraitheid” an analysis on racial segregation on Rio de Janeiro's beaches (retitled “Symbolic apartheid: the segregated state of beaches in Brazil” for Afropunk.com) and the self-published, Black Cowgirl, White America a travel photo-book read in over 10 countries on 6 continents. Joseph’s work academically intends to identify and deconstruct subversive racism as a form of violence in society and industry. Her artistic lens is an extension of that mission and her creative works focus on building communities through commonalities found across the diaspora through literature and dance. She has aspirations to become a public interest/human rights lawyer, but will be spending her time at the residency completing her first novel.
CARLEY MC HENRY
I received my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I focused my artists education on painting and photography. Currently my focus hass been on developing a cohesive group of paintings and drawings focused on anatomy, biology and psucology of humans and animals. My goal in 2018 is to create a body of work that could be prestend as a group. I work with acrylic and oil paints usuing an exposed paintin style to mimic inner anatomy, if not representing anatomical structures outright.
During the residency at Casa Na Ilha I would be focusing on creating fully realized graphite drawings, and paint sketches for future paintings.
KATHERINE BOXALL – PAINTER
Katherine Boxall is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew in a bilingual family, speaking French and English. In 2016, she graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University, including an international exchange at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in 2015. Currently, Katherine is an MFA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute focusing in painting. She experiments with dry drawing media, spray paint and oil on a variety of surfaces including textiles. Her paintings deal with the figure, femininity and intimacy. Katherine has exhibited her work in Canada, Australia and the United States.
KIM TAMALONIS – ART EDUCATOR
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Hamilton College (1995) and a master’s degree in art education from Manhattanville College (1998). She also lived and studied art in France and in Egypt. She is a member of the United Nations Associations Worldview Institute. Early in her career, Kim interned at the cultural service division of the French Embassy in Cairo, at the Metropolitan Museum, and at Creative Connections, an organization that facilitated art exchanges between national and international schools. Kim then taught at Greenwich Academy for ten years, where she developed Saturdays in the City, an art tour program that offered students regular New York City gallery and museum opportunities. Kim has taught in the Rye City School District for the last thirteen years, where her focus has been on integrating multicultural art education into her curriculum.
KASIA SURO –ILLUSTRATOR
Living between different countries gives the luxury to focus on the signals the body and the mind give. Those signals are somehow independent from the cultural heritage and personal experience that one has.
I have discovered and have been absorbed by the variety of the polisensory world, which means experiencing life through different senses.
Stimulating various senses simultanously accelerates the process of learning and lets me understand things better and remember them for a longer time.
By working with kids as a polisensory art teacher, I was introduced to the great world of their creativity unlimited by social expectations.
Integration of the mind and body within the nature and the surrounding space is one of the most important challanges in my work.
I like to play with inverted colors and firm lines.
For better understanding of what I am doing, please take a look at my Instagram or webiste:
GAYLORD BREWER – WRITER
Gaylord Brewer is author of 15 books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism, including the novella Octavius the 1st (Red Hen, 2008), the poetry collection Country of Ghost (Red Hen Press, 2015), the cookbook-memoir The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Stephen F. Austin UP, 2015), and most recently a 10th volume of poetry, The Feral Condition (Negative Capability, 2018). Nearly 1000 individual poems have been published in such journals and anthologies as The Bedford Introduction to Literature and Best American Poetry.
Brewer was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2009. He has had numerous international writing residencies—including at Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Global Arts Village (India)—and has taught in Russia, Kenya, and the Czech Republic. He earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and has been a member of the Middle Tennessee State University Department of English since 1993.
ANDRECE BRADY – VISUAL ARTIST
Andrece is a visual artist based in Newark, NJ with a passion of rebuilding black communities through art. Andrece was born May 26, 1994 in Rahway, NJ and has always felt different from her peers. Known for being outgoing and sometimes outspoken, Andrece’s thoughts have always been different from societal norms causing those who engage to think outside the box. As a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelors of Art in General Studio, Andrece’s college education was backed with ideologies of Pan Africanism, Black Nationalism, and the truth about the African Diaspora. As an artist Andrece’s mission is to help people throughout the diaspora connect and to creatively tell their stories; in turn granting them opportunities and outlets that previously may not have been available. Andrece uses many mediums ranging from charcoal, paint, linocuts and etches, and even photography. Her art work can be defined as bold, edgy, and vibrant. A lot of Andrece’s recent works deal with the affects that relationships and sex have on her and the woman around her.
While in Brazil Andrece plans dig deep into the history of Afro-Brazilian culture and history due to the fact that Brazil holds the largest African population outside of Africa. In doing so she will connect with the people of Brazil to learn about their cultural struggles to make connections on the struggles faced in her urban community of Newark, NJ to show not only the people of Brazil and Newark, but people of the world we are connected in multiple ways.
CHASEN WOLCOTT – DRAWING AND PAINTING
Growing up in California has an enormous amount of value in my life. From the way I treat my coastlines, encounter a variety of big cities filled with many different cultures, and through the movements of skateboarding, surfing, and street art. In California I am lucky enough to have been shaped with so much diversity in order to preserve qualities of life that are so challenged in today's forecast. Within each of those aspects, the speed of modern life gives me adrenaline to use creative linework through the culture that I've lived with for many years with confident decision making and control. Obsessed with a variety of fearless application, I also commit to slow the brush and downshift through moments using charcoal, oils, acrylics, graphite, and ink. If I hesitate, the action won't feel genuine because hesitation kills.
Inspired by the optically rebellious artistic attitudes that exist between Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and even Impressionism, my mixed Native American and Mexican heritage is expressed through primitive mark-making and primordial elements. Imagery redefines direct experiences and real time intimacy. People-watching and unapologetic sexual expression are central to my artistic lust by investigating masculine and feminine interaction. I process real life situations then unleash artistic fascinations through rapid painterly gesture. Now affirming that the world has been enriched by a new form of beauty: the beauty of speed.
I went to California State University, Long Beach for undergraduate BFA in Drawing and Painting, while currently receiving my MFA in Painting at San Francisco Art Institute. From a very observational training in painting to a less graphic and more candid painting process has evolved over the last 5 years. I wanted to make visible the process of searching and essence in every mark accessible in which I cared so much about. Investigative approaches has taught me how to preserve color integrity and understand painting in more of the present moment.
To connect more please visit my website: www.chasenwolcott.com
Or go to my Instagram: @poursauce
MARCO CASTANEDA – INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Marco Castaneda is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. His work deals with migration, constructs of whiteness, and geopolitics. What interests him most is the intersection of the three, and figuring out how to exist in between the established norms
PATRICE DI CHRISTINA – VISUAL ARTIST
Patrice is a visual artist whose work is currently focused on mental conceptions of death. She explores these ideas through multimedia pieces involving painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. While abstract, the forms used in her work are inspired by those found in natural environments, a technique left over from a past interest in landscape painting. Though this focus is largely general, the topics explored in her work are deeply personal and are a method of understanding herself and exploring her own relationship to spirituality. She also views artmaking as a therapeutical process, as her art is shaped by other issues she encounters throughout life, both positive and negative. Overall, she intends to use her artwork to reflect larger patterns of grieving, healing, and rebuilding in the face of the knowledge of our imminent demises. Her work at Casa Na Ilha will take a similar form, though with a higher emphasis on the bodily experiences involved in this holding this knowledge.
Patrice grew up in Connecticut and currently attends Oberlin College in Ohio. She will graduate in May of 2018 with her bachelors in studio art and psychology.
PAULA LIFSCHITZ – VISUAL ARTIST
Paula Lifschitz is a visual artist living in Buenos Aires. She grew up in Texas, and got a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in art history. She has had many art shows in New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. She focuses her art on drawing and painting, and she enjoys exploring the effects of mixed media on traditional canvas.
For Paula, art is playful; art is fun. When she paints, she flourishes in the world of color. She creates a new reality, transposing the real world onto the canvas in vibrant colors that have nothing to do with the dull world of “reality”. She paints to express her inner being, to make the world a better place, in her own way. Her creative process has emerged like a child growing up; as if she has turned the mirror away from herself to reflect the world at large, which she then paints.
Her creative process is constantly drawing inspiration from the world around her, which is why the residency at Casa Na Ilha will be such an amazing experience. She has recently focused her work on exploring the beauty of natural landscapes. In the city of Buenos Aires she has limited real world inspiration in her surroundings, but the month she will spend in Brazil will give her an abundance of material to paint.
The city exhausts the people who live there, running around frantically in the day to day chaos of the world. One becomes nervous, stressed, and unhappy in the hectic environment of city life. Urbanization doesn’t provide its residents with a lot of landscapes, green spaces, or peaceful retreats where people can easily rest from their busy lives. People seek out these peaceful, majestic places in remote, scenic places that aren’t usually easily accessible retreats. During this residency, I am going to disconnect myself from the crowded, busy daily routine of city life and enjoy the beautiful terrain of Ilhabela. I am going to paint landscapes and people, in situ, and really allow the natural world to show me its beauty, peacefully and graciously. My art is going to reflect the inner harmony and peace I know this residency will bring me.
CHARLES PAPILLO – Visual Artist
Los Angeles – U.S.A
Charles Papillo was born in 1986 into an Italian American family in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. From a young age, he was constantly performing, sculpting with random material and creating invented worlds for himself and others. He moved to New York City at the age of 18 and attended Parsons the New School for Design where he received a BFA in Fine Arts in 2008. During that time, he travelled around Europe, Ecuador, and North America and also attended Hellenic International Studies in the Arts in Paros, Greece. Post-graduation, he attended a handful of artist residencies within Spain, but ended up settling in San Francisco, California by late 2009. He recently moved to Los Angeles last year and has continued to work on large scale de-collage drawings, “The Book” (hand-made stream of consciousness books) and new video work pertaining to the human body, movement, identity and ritual. Articulated concisely within his artist’s statement:
Taking things - both living and inanimate - out of a particular context yields a new and sometimes ambiguous identity; a palimpsest of the former self remains.
My work is a ritual that is presented through imagery and through space, and the resulting conversation within this territory.
ANDREA WILKINS – PAINTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
U.S.A – South Korea
I take photographs. I am inspired by stillness, nature, music, relationships and the complexity of everyday life. I am an art educator and a yoga teacher. I am interested in the spiritual, meditation, ritual and prayer. In my time in Brazil, I plan to document the magical vibrations of the Brazilian jungle. My response will focus on my direct relationship to my surroundings, through meditative practice, visceral sensation and spirit guidance. Nature has the capacity to enchant and reveal deep truths and healing wisdom within us. It is my goal to listen to this communication and create photographic stories. I hope my proposed body of work will reveal a sense of love, nurture and light.
My background is in painting, photography, education and dance. I studied at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota, Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and received my Art Education K12 teaching license as well as Master in Art Curriculum at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I am passionate about the creative process being a source of healing and therapy for all people. I have been a yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and consider my practice a critical part of my growth and experience in life. Currently, I live and work in Jeju Island, South Korea and have been here for the past 5 years.
BEATE KHUN: PAINTING INSTALLATION COLOUR AND SPATIAL DESIGN
With my colour design work I am creating colour concepts for public buildings as schools, hospitals, senior residencys, kindergardens, offices etc. The design is aimed to suit the people who are spending a lot of time inside the building, so as a consequence their health is improving, they are feeling more happy, because they are in an environment they like and feel comfortable with, and it is also improving their working capacities. Currently I am doing research about showing that people feel much better in naturally coloured environments. Painting During the process of painting it is important to me to advance to the essence of the painting I am working on. From this a specifc colouring or ambiance accrues. By conceiving the energy of a certain person / situation / object / space a kind of translation process is taking place in which this kind of energy is being transferred into a visual expression of colour and form. This can embody both figurative and purely abstract elements. During the process of painting something autonomous is emerging. As the painting is developping it is getting more and more complex. It is obtaining its specifc character. In this way both multilayeredness and visual depth emerge. This is being intensifed through synaesthetic references; the chime of a certain colour is playing an important role to this. Thematically the painting refers to the installation work, only the way of expression is being different. It is a matter of the connection between inside and outside space, the movements in-between. A movement that flows, becomes firm, and again dissolves. In my latest series reflections I am working with traces that light is leaving behind on certain surfaces, in certain surroundings and the ambiance which is created through this. In my Installation work I am dealing with the tension between inside and outside space. Creating the inside spaces I am using predominantly semi-transparent fabric, mainly silk. The outer shape of the sewed spaces depends on the site or is to be seen in relation to it. I like collaborating with other artists, musicians and choreographers, since there is a strong connection between colour, form, space, sound, light and movement. One can relate to the other or be transferred into one another. My sewed silk spaces can be seen as site-specifc work in which maybe another artist can produce an appropriate sound work or movement. A choreographical interpretation or interference could also be possible. Site and light are important factors of my work.
During my stay at Casa Na Ilha I would like to forward two things in particular. One is more directed towards the outside, the other one towards the inside. Talking about the so called outside first: I want to be working on colour concepts for schools and hospitals in particular. The aim behind is to serve health and wellbeing of children and people who are ill. I am deeply convinced that the surrounding environment is having a great impact on people and a bad environment can do much damage. In addition to this I would like to contribute to the wellbeing of the people who are living nearby. This could be very interesting I think. The more introspective part of my stay would be about art. I would like to develop my painting and installation work in a place where I will be surrounded by nature and where I will be free of every-day-life-distractions. Being in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment will enable me to exchange and share my ideas with others which I would highly appreciate. Short Biography _Fine Art studies: Karlsruhe (GER), Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, painting class Prof. Max G. Kaminski Berlin (GER), Hochschule der Kunste, painting class Prof. Lemke Brussels (B), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts Glasgow (UK), Glasgow School of Art _ scholarships: Glasgow (UK), Barcelone (S), Landau (GER) _ personal assistant of Marina Abramovic, Madrid, 1992
DESHAWN DUMAS – VISUAL ARTIST
DeShawn is interested in representations of the feminine divine as expressed in non- Western and Western societies. His project will explore the human-divine relationship by producing and researching images of God as the Great Mother, after the art historian Meinard Craighead. In particular he hopes to produce several small oil paintings depicting black Madonna as protector of the Earth.
‘By interacting with decedents of the indigenous population of llhabela, I hope to “absorb” the energy of the people and the island so as to transfer it into my paintings. This process might be described as a form of cathexis.’ Freud defined cathexis as the concentration of emotional and mental energy within an object, person or idea.
Arguably, the Earth has passed judgment on Western capitalistic society. Numerous biologist and conservationist agree that industrial capitalism has caused Earth to enter the ‘Sixth Great Mass Extinction’ of all flora and fauna. Along similar lines, the methods and values of neo-capitalism threaten the Caicaras people as well as the Atlantic rain forest. He wishes to objectify beauty and trauma, the intersection of spirituality and Western Imperialism.
He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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.
ELISA GHYSELS – SOCIAL RESEARCH
I am a Belgian global artist based in London using live performance, photography, costume and immersive environments as my mediums to experiment with current social issues and the aesthetics of our reality and our fantasies.
I always had a deep interest in politics but decided to go an artistic path as artists get to me much more optimistic and less realistic about the world we live in than politicians.
The political/social/cultural dimension is nevertheless still very much present in my pieces as I feel that as an artist, I have a social duty to talk about difficult issues and question our society.
I am now trying to define a methodology to make certain social issues more accessible and easier to discuss through artistic mediums and audience engagement.
IMANI DILTZ – WRITER
Imani Love is a 21 year old artist from the California Bay Area whose work illuminates her experiences as a Black woman. Her art is rooted in the written word, specifically poetry, but expands to screenwriting, and video direction. Currently, her work focuses on the spirituality of black peoples by the sea, her Gullah Geechee heritage, black pop culture, ancestry and archives. She’s currently working toward her BFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She looks forward to using her time at Casa Na Ilha to conduct much needed artistic research about self and sea, and be of service to the indigenous people of the island however she can.
JINMI IN - FILM MAKER
Jinmi In, entered the commercial film industry as a scripter of <Two Cops 2> in 1996, and then participated some films, <Scent of a Man> as an assistant art director, <Baby Sale><Film-making> as a directive session, <Lies><Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl> as an assistant director and scnario, and an independent feature film, ‘Wealth and Honor’ as a main director.
She also work with a lot of media art work, not just movies, she selected as a visual arts support of the Incheon Cultural Properties and held <SIMULACRUM Individual (Dec.3-10)> in the Incheon Art Platform 6 in 2015, and with the support of the Korea Mecenat Association, she completed the Daewon Art Exhibition, which includes installations of <‘Ddeummo in Nakwon‘ (December 22nd to 26th), video, sound, music and performances at the Nak Won Musical Instrument center in Jongno-gu, Seoul.
Afterwards, Jinmi In, who was preparing to enter a commercial movie based on fantasy material, became interested in VR films. In 2017, Jinmi In produced two short VR films through VR short film production education in the Korean Academy of Film Arts 2017.
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.
MELISSA EDER – VISUAL ARTIST
Melissa Eder received her B.F.A. in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City where she studied with Sean Scully and a M.F.A. in combined media from Hunter College in New York City where she studied with Robert Morris and received a Meritorious Award from the Alumni Association. As a visual artist, her work has been shown nationally and internationally in such venues as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York University’s Broadway Windows Gallery, Art in General, the Aperture Foundation, the Humble Arts Foundation, the Whitney Houston Biennial, the Parlor Gallery, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri and in Berlin, London and Korea. She was an artist-in-residence at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as selected by photographer Graciela Iturbide. In 2011, her work was selected by Eric C. Shiner, the former director of the Andy Warhol Museum for his curated exhibit on CurateNYC. During the summer of 2014, her work was included in the Aperture Foundation’s Summer Open and was chosen from over 860 applicants. She was selected to design a piano for the public art project for Sing for Hope, and it was displayed at Lincoln Center. She has received numerous grants including funding from the Puffin Foundation and two Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, highlighted in Feature Shoot, Co Design, the Huffington Post, the Collector Daily and various other publications. Recently, she participated in the Satellite Art Show during Art Basel Miami 2016. She lives in New York City and works in Brooklyn as an artist in residence through the chashama studio residency. She was born in Long Branch, New Jersey.