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!
KEVIN HOTH – PHOTOGRAPHY
I am a working artist, commercial photographer and university instructor. I have been working in fine art photography for over twenty years spanning the digital divide from analog to digital. I have used a variety of technical processes to produce solo performances, video works, and still images. I have also worked as a VJ in collaboration with modern dance companies and musicians. My current work deals particularly with vantage point and how multiple spaces can be joined into one compressed frame. This work also comments on how many humans are experiencing natural spaces mediated via their phone screens. I received my MFA in Photography from the University of Seattle in 1999 and have taught at many accredited universities since then. I have shown work in over eighty exhibitions nationally and internationally and am now represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver, Colorado. I have lived in other countries and states, but am based in Boulder, Colorado.
I will be using my time at Casa Na Ilha to make more work for my Everywhere And All At Once series, but I also plan to expand my practice in unforeseen ways. I plan to work in the jungle as well as interact with the native population on the island and possibly do some underwater photography. I speak Spanish but am incredibly excited to learn some Portuguese and experience South America for the first time. I am completely open to what transpires.
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.
ÉRICA MUKAI FARIA – HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY – TAILOR
U.S.A – BRAZIL
I am interested in telling a costume narrative through the collection that incorporates about 15 - 20 fantasy characters or spirits from various beaches, hills, and special areas on Ilhabela. For me, the opportunity to create a work of art in my native country would be a completely new experience and one that I would use to explore the concepts of saudades, displacement, and “hypertropicality”. This residency would also allow me the opportunity to practice my portuguese while collaborating with local neighbors, workers, and artists.
Érica Mukai Faria, known by many as “Quinha,” is a Brazilian-American artist. Her work explores the concepts of hope, industry, and value by employing the metaphor of the human body as fragile, resilient packaging for transportation through the physical world. She is currently based in Philadelphia, PA where she works full time as an emergency room nurse.
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.
HILLARY OLSON | FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER / INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Hillary Olson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a primary focus in fine art photography.
Before pursuing self-employment in 2018, Hillary was the Marketing Manager for Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. She has her B.A. in Studio Art (painting) and Theatre Arts (performance) from Hamline University. Prior to Hamline, Hillary studied commercial photography, film photography & graphic design at Central Campus in Des Moines, IA.
Theatre arts and dance were some of Hillary's first introductions to creative collaboration and continue to greatly influence her work. Her experience with improvisational and site-specific movement allow her to create dynamic relationships between the body and its environment. In her collaborative work, Hillary aims to create and hold save spaces for individuals to find strength through vulnerability, and creative exploration through conscious collaboration.
Hillary began life modeling for painting and drawing classrooms starting in 2013 and began modeling for the camera through self-portraiture. Her self-portraits continue to be a large part of her creative habit, allowing her to explore the multiplicities of self, through physical expression, performance and creative installation.
She recently was hosted at the Mudhouse Artist Residency in Agios Ioannis, Greece, where she created and showcased self-portraits in the historic Cretan village. Hillary's photographs were also shown at Black Magik Women III (2017) and The Palimpsest Project Showcase (2017) in collaboration with figure drawing artist, Loren Hextall. Her photography was published in the March, 2018 issue of Maiden's Magazine.
When she isn't around the camera, Hillary can be found performing in Minneapolis theatre, growing her skills in the aerial arts (silks), traveling, and gardening.
HANNAH ERWIN – VISUAL ARTIST
Hannah Erwin is a visual artist based in Baltimore, Maryland whose primary focus is drawing. Her work explores visions of sensuality and power in its many iterations. Sometimes subtle, sometimes painful, timeless in its grasp.
Inspired by history and learning about the lives of people varied in nature, spread across time and space. Within everyone are highly vivid, nuanced stories that can be broken down into archetypes, resplendent with inner pictures and characters known from long ago and deep inside. Her drawings are driven by the way people grow into these stories and become twisted in them.
ROWAN BATHURST - PAINTER, SCULPTOR AND TEXTILE ARTIST
Rowan Bathurst (b. 1995 Baltimore, Maryland) is a painter, sculptor and textile artist currently living in Baltimore. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2018 after transferring from a local community college.
Rowan has been an interdisciplinary artist, recently working in mediums such as ceramics, fiber, found objects, and screen printing, despite her background as an oil painter.
Her 2-Dimensional work revolves around mathematics, quantum physics and their relativity to our subconscious dreams. Rowan's sculptural work talks about a primitive state of the brain, ego and violence in our everyday reality - how we cope and address the dark sides of human nature.
ELAINE PAWLOWICZ – PAINTER
I propose to do small plein air painting and then reinterpreting my observational ideas with graphic images of geology, astrology, flora and fauna, and weather phenomena. I love to include parts of my own neighborhood into this magical mix. My desire is to create mystical narratives while I am inhabiting this remote, pristine environment. I am interested in visually describing two chapters in the book Poetics of Space written by Gaston Bachelard on “House and Universe” and “Infinite Immensity”. I have never been to South America and am interested in experiencing the purity of the Parque Estadual de Ilhabela, a Unesco-protected biosphere. There is a wealth of new imagery to explore regarding vegetation and fauna including the rain forests, ocean, exotic birds and mammals.
I received my Masters in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. I am currently an Associate Professor in Art at the University of North Texas. I have a family consisting of 2 daughters, husband and three dogs. I have attended many residencies in rural areas including Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Wyoming, Montana and Kentucky. These intensive and spiritual residencies have improved my painting sensibilities and simultaneously gained a global perspective. I have the desire to learn more about our natural world. I received a minor in Biology in undergraduate studies and believe this interest has fueled my desire to paint in the natural world.
MOUNA ACHAK – CONCEPTUAL ARTIST
Mouna Achak , born in 1991, is a conceptual artist graduated in 2017 from the Willem de Kooning academy in a Bachelor of Arts and currently based in Antwerp, Belgium. Born in the western world being raised by Moroccan parents made her realize that there is a necessity to create a new combined universal language through art. In her artwork she conceptualize the underlying layers of the human subconsciousness and how she can transmute them by the help of textures, colors, prints and patterns. For her, art is a tool to research and release the inner structures and patterns to create a new symbolic language that universally appeals to our subconsciousness.
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.
"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.
CIARRA K WALTERS - MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST
Ciarra K. Walters (b.1992) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles whose work explores identity and society’s sexism and racism practices, co-mingling in-between photography and film. Walters directs her shoots in a free-flow manner, playing with common concepts that shape roles of race, gender, identity, and patriarchy. In exploring the social structures between men and women of color she focuses on how these structures affect our interactions with one another on a daily basis. Walters practice involves creating a delicate, yet dynamic perspective between both sexes while subtlety unraveling the complexities between the two.
Provoking a space for critical examination about society and the roles we abide by, Ciarra K. Walters continues to critically question Black women and men’s role in an era of freedom and constraint while focusing on ways to present powerful positive messages connecting the two genders and all people of color
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
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.
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.
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
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.
FELICIA LEACH – VISUAL ARTIST
“The challenging and exciting aspects of this residency in Casa Na Ilha is how the presence of the land is preserved in constant flux and how those experiential forces effect people. I am extremely interested in the reality and the metaphor of the fluidity of the land and the sea. The lines, patterns, and evolving surfaces transformed by natural and human forces strike a chord within my work with as cartographic reference in the plein air process. This residency in Brazil would further add to my previous body of work from residencies in the Shenandoah National Park (USA), Léhon in Brittany, (FR) and the Lincoln Center at Julliard (NYC) and it continues the goals of exploring new landscapes and the creation of their images as tethered to time and presence.”
Based and raised in central Missouri, Felicia Leach (b.1977 Fayette, MO) graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Southern Illinois University- Carbondale with her B.F.A. and M.F.A. respectively focusing primarily in painting and printmaking mediums. She has had opportunities to work with many creative groups such as the Citizen Jane film festival, the True/ False film festival, Detroit Contemporary, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Her practice retains immediacy through exhibitions nationally and internationally. Advancements in her work have been strengthened through the residencies at the Shenandoah National Park, MICA Artist Residency in Brittany, France and the Lincoln Education Center at The Juilliard School in NYC. Through these outlets, she has pursued interests in making site-specific prints, drawings, and paintings based in the investigation of time as tethered to place. Currently, she works as an artist-educator at Moberly Area Community College teaching foundational design, drawing, and painting.
MARIANNA STAROSELSKY - PLAYWRITER
Marianna Staroselsky (MFA in Theatre - Playwriting, '19, Columbia School of the Arts, Doctoral Candidate - Comparative Human Development, '19, University of Chicago) writes, studies, teaches, and makes art about identity and the strangeness of being a person in modern society in its myriad layers of experience. She emigrated from the Soviet Union to Des Moines, Iowa when she was a kid and has lived in six different countries since. Marianna fell in love with playwriting as a result of an OkCupid Date. Her full-length plays to date include "Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn,"(20% Theatre Company, Cornservatory, Tikkun Fellowship, 2016,) "100 Awkward Ways to Be a Person" (Columbia University School of the Arts, La MaMa, 2017-18) and "How I Married Myself and Other Misadventures," (The New Colony, Athena Theatre Company, Columbia University School of the Arts, 2015-18.) She is writing a new opera called “Simulacrum” going up in early June at 3LD with PATH New Music Theatre in NYC.
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.
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.
JESSICA A MCMILLAN – PAINTER
Painting has been in my heart and on my mind since I was a young enough to for it not to be complicated. I remember passing hours pushing colors around for the unadulterated thrill of it. And in those hours, there was nothing else besides the satisfaction of my own will and curiosity. I would find myself trading in the ordinary world for a paradise of my own creation. Having devoted my focus in high school to my development of myself as an artist, I was awarded a scholarship to study art at Corcoran College of Art and Design. I studied Fine Art from 2001-2002 ultimately deciding the career artist lifestyle was something I couldn’t commit to. The struggle to reconcile my identity and future with this choice was intense. For a time, I abandoned painting altogether in an effort to realize a new version of myself as something other than an artist. In time, I found my way down the path of becoming a psychotherapist, but I never did manage to get to far down the road from myself as an artist.
For the past five years I have been in private practice, I have also worked in the painting studio. My clinical work and my artistic work you will find are deeply entwined. My work of late has been an exploration of the mystery and brilliance and darkness of the unconscious mind. It has long been my belief that there is inside of us is an intelligence that is sophisticated beyond the capacity of our conscious reasoning, one that is connected to and in symphony with creation. When I paint, I am trying to connect to that intelligence while leaving my ordinary world intelligence at the door. I aim to depict an aspect of my own humanity that is buried deep beneath rational thought and defense; to be in greater contact with the truth about my nature.
FELICIE KERTUDO- RESEARCHER // VISUAL ARTIST
Félicie Kertudo (FR) is a MRes Arts & Humanities student with a history and political sciences background. For the past few months, she has been exploring the dynamics of Women-Only spaces through a Watery (auto)ethnographic case study of the Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, London. Using her own Skin as a key interface between her Body and its natural surroundings throughout the research journey, Kertudo calls for a better representation of the diversity of bodily subjectivities. Notably using curatorial research methods and embracing the concept of ‘embodiment’ through the making of site-specific art installations, her aim is to make more understandable and visible the process behind her research practice. She is focusing on key philosophical theories such as ‘Ecofeminism’, ‘Hydrofeminism’ and ‘Phenomenology’, which hold a strong disruptive potential by calling into question the neoliberal, patriarchal and self-destructive societal and normative system that continues to prevail in the Western world in the 21st century.