• ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE •
Clint Margrave is a poet and fiction writer from Los Angeles, USA. He is the author of Salute the Wreckage (2016) and The Early Death of Men (2012), both published by NYQ Books. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, New York Quarterly, The Writer’s Almanac, Rattle, Cimarron Review, Verse Daily, The American Journal of Poetry, Word Riot, and Ambit (UK), among others. He is currently at work on his third book of poems, Visitor, which he’ll be writing and revising during his stay in Sofia. The poems in this collection explore the theme of being a “visitor” in all its possible connotations whether that means a visitor to another country or through one’s own memory or to life itself.
Natalia Rivera Riffo
Visual Art / Chile
Natalia Rivera Riffo is a Chilean visual artist, based in Paris. The works of Natalia are strange, poetic, metaphorical, and play with materiality and the paradox of form. Each work aims to make a social and cultural connection through various mediums, including urban installation, video, painting, and sculpture. Natalia seeks to create geometrical abstraction by exploring the intersections where opposites converge: the rational and visceral, form and formlessness, stability and instability, control and chaos. The complexity of human nature is also a great source of inspiration.
Visual and Performance Artist / Australia & Poland
Justyna Stanczew is a multi-disciplinary artist working with performance, sound, video and sculpture and recently graduated from her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). She has been using her body as a tool for interacting within places and spaces and she is intrigued with how we form spatial awareness and relationships. Focusing on mostly the in-between and unnoticed spaces/places, Stanczew attempts to examine how our physical placement can be predetermined for us by everyday structures and how we can challenge and go against them.
Zara Monet Feeney
Zara received a BA from UCLA and an MFA in painting from LCAD. Her paintings alternate between layers of transparent vs. opaque imagery and exploited vs. subdued color relationships. Aiming for the work to fluctuate with intensity in a nonformulaic way, she is fastidious with what is flat and what recedes. Once there is a newly articulated compositional hierarchy, she can extend the reveri into strange unexpected conceptual spaces. Instead of disguising an artifice into the interworking of the painted illusion (like a window into another world), her work actually highlights the painting’s inherent flatness and exaggerates the mere idea of trickery itself. By utilizing stratagems of perception and displaying a dramatic dynamic with the space occupied, she hopes to set up a curious and reflexive viewing experience.
Paintings / Hong Kong
Sze-Wai Wong is an artist who born and based in Hong Kong. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, BA. in Fine Arts. She focuses on the sensation of being an outsider and she concerns the theme of time, memories and dreams. By the means of exploring different types of painting materials and elements from both the eastern and western art, especially from the Chinese mural paintings, she created her own painting method in a way of mixed materials. The depiction of the ancient elements in her artworks enable the audience travel from time to time and space to space. She tried to break the consistency of the time line into different pieces to present time in a different way.
Visual art / France
To gaze at the shedding paint on a wall, through the lens of a camera. To get lost in the crowd of objects, born on the page with watercolours. To look, stare, and escape, out of time. Emma Rssx has a multidisciplinary practice which ranges from painting, drawing, writing, photography and moving images. Her work is an invitation to contemplate the intricacies of the world. To get lost amidst the chaos of her mind. A place where colours are made salient by the surrounding darkness, where disorder expands, untamed.
Lisette van Oostveen
Visual artist / Netherlands
Lisette studied Art&Design and is currently doing her bachelor in Fine Arts. She mainly examines human behaviour and eye contact which is a recurring theme in her work. She is also fascinated by slow and meditative processes such as analogue photography and ceramics which gives her work a nostalgic vibe. She likes to work with multiple mediums, and to see her work evolve through different materials. Her work also shows raw edges in relation to life's imperfections.
Drawing / UK
Adam graduate Fine Art from the U.K. Since graduating in 2016, he has been working full time as an artist. His work is predominantly concerned with the exploration of the human form, through the processes of drawing and painting. It is an emotional response to the human condition-in particular, the way humans behave towards one and other.
Photography / Australia
Sophia's work is informed by the effects of our relationships with others and more importantly, to the self. Loss, absence and division feature strongly in her work. Visually, meaning is manifest via symbolic objects and intense focus on composition and light. Inspired by the painters of the Renaissance, Ida Sophia follows their story-telling style in richly produced images, dramatic, emotionally inspired scenes and explorations of colour and sumptuousness.
Painter / Spain
Daniel's work is strongly influenced by anthroplogy and basic biology. A sort of existencialism that focuses in the relationship of mankind and nature, usually showing humans as animals that forgot what they are, or animals represent in the way we do represent the most prestigious characters of our species. His pieces often show descontextualize reality in order to make us rethink our standarts and perception of the world in and surround us.
Printmaking & Embroidery / USA
Valerie Wilson is a San Francisco-based artist & recovering techie, who is both a procrastinator and a perfectionist. Her passion and skills lie in relief printmaking and embroidery (most often using both mediums in conjunction). Valerie's main objective as an artist is to define processes through open learning and experimentation. End results are nice, but the journey to get there butters her bread more. Valerie's work tends to highlight her whimsical nature and eye for detail, often pulling inspiration from the natural world and geometry.
Visual art / Singapure
Donnaʼs inspiration of her art practice comes from nocturnal luminous windows in urban places. Window acts as a gateway to the unknown world. It is also a transitional state between melancholy and hope, imaginary and reality. She investigates how light and colour interact to create an intimate imaginary space of contemplation, mystery and longing, which seems paradoxical to the busy and chaotic city life. Her artworks are expressed in different media from abstract/monochromatic paintings, photographic lightboxes to installations. Donnaʼs works have been exhibited in China, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Printmaking & Expressive Arts / Bulgaria-USA
Antonia uses intermodal process to catalyze dialogues that explore tensions between lived experience and human longing. In her personal practice, she layers movement, sound, written word and image to process personal memories and experiences, giving voice to new narrative of awareness, growth, reconciliation and deepened spirituality. Through both her personal practice as well as the practice of facilitating intermodal creative process with others, she desires to serve as a change agent in the world, inspiring the telling of old and new stories through the arts - beginning with those closest to her and stretching as far as her work will reach.
Alex Dabi Zhevi
Visual Artist & Publisher / Bulgaria-Australia
Alex maps the habits, slang, sex and politics of people. Eschewing the typical approach of publishing easy-to-swallow stories, instead, he uses photography, documentary and publishing to expose bias in social and cultural conventions. This narrative and analytical approach create new maps where the viewer, subject, and artist can inhabit together. Additional aims for his time in Sofia are investigations into the linguistic heritage and cultural values of young Slavs and their relationships to identify, diaspora and generational change.
Textile art & embrodery / Sweden
Maja Björk is a Swedish textile artist and illustrator based in Berlin. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 in textile design. She works with mixed media and her pieces are often a collaged composition with painting as foundation, enhanced with free embroidery and random found objects .The motifs are illustrative depictions of everyday life to capture the era that we live in at the moment, with a quirky touch of colours and emotions.
Visual Artist / USA
Kevin Brophy is a language-based artist who creates visual and textual spaces, objects, and performances that explicate discreet systems repositioned across platforms to break with normative, capitalist structures and to create psychological distance. Her practice often mimics the cultural dominant; such as mass and social media, products, and games, in order to evaluate socio-political power structures. She holds a BA in Studio Arts and Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, and an MFA in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University as a Regina and Marlin Miller fellow. Brophy has performed and exhibited in museums and galleries, including Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; MoCA, Cleveland; and Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh. She is a founding member of [UNDISCLOSED] collective and Problemagic.
Fine Arts / Afghan-Canadian
Hangama Amiri is an Afghan artist who paints on the subject of childhood memory, cross-cultural dialogue, and Afghan feminism. She paints in the styles of representational realism and abstract realism, using large-scale two-dimensional surfaces, integrating mixed media: oil, acrylic, screen-printing, and earth. She has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, recently in New York City, Toronto, France, Italy and London (UK). Her collaborative project, "Dome of Secret Desires" was shortlisted at 5th Passion For Freedom Festival London (UK), 2013, and her recent collaborative video project, "My Motherland" 2015 was premiered at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Fine Art / United Kingdom
Ruby is interested in challenging typically hierarchical forms of education as a means to producing inclusive spaces and meaningful exchanges. She is also interested in the way that words & language constantly reconstruct our experience of reality and our grip on a sense of self. Her practice attempts to locate her own boundaries of self in order to attempt to transgress them. Ruby's work groups together: video, drawing and writing with an experiential, performative and often socially engaged practice.
Painter and visual artist / Japan
My artworks are constructed by painting, drawing, object, words and sometimes performance. And I continue to make earthenwares using the clay that made from the soil by myself. Each element must be the unfinished fragment. They are constructed to several temporary stories at the exhibition space by connecting each other. The motive for painting is to capture the primitive feeling from inside of my mind and I try to create a kind of myth without logical reasoning.
Visual Artist/ USA
Mixed Media artist and traveler, Gionna Cuccolo's process-based work explores architecture through abstraction. Venturing into solo travel after graduating from Fordham University in New York in 2015, Gionna spent over two years hitchhiking thousands of kilometers around Europe and living locally in the cultures and places she visited. Inspired by architectural spaces and the geometry of their internal structures, Gionna's work hopes to evoke the processes of creation, alteration, and deterioration of architecture through conceptualizing and abstracting them. By creating images through a heavily processed methodology, Gionna aims to depict something on the cusp of identifiability and completion; something familiar yet totally abstract, leaving the viewer grasping, in a connect the dots fashion, to make sense of the image in view.
Illustration and Art Installation / Brazil
"Homs Arthaus believes that everything is a collapse, a chemical reaction that keeps everything moving, an experiment. A parallel universe with opposite ideas, collapsing each other, exposing similarities. Polarities will emerge creating equality of meanings and ambiguous interpretations, capturing the exact moment exchange of meanings. The concept of diversity and different interpretations creating new visions, and the equivocal will became simply diversity of itself. Contrast is needed to create a distinguishable reality - without we would experience nothingness. We depend on our opponents to prove existence. But we grow and develop in the same source: nature; where opposing forces do not exchange reciprocally to promote stabilization. We are all manifestations of nature and without our opposite, we do not exist. But in the same way as we diverse we can unify the transition, the dualism of sources transmit a liable process. This process is always alive and moving."
Lighting Designer & artist, junior IALD member/ Italy
Her focus is on the acute effect of light on the brain, on mood, sense of vitality, a perception of happiness and its consistency. Martina developed my master thesis on "How to induce shared feelings through light" With a joint program of the Lighting Laboratory at KTH, Stockholm, and the HTI department at Tu/e, Eindhoven.
She will now travel for one year, gathering data for her project: A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT. The aim is to create spaces/environment where to experience personal improvement and self-awareness.
writer and visual artist / U.S.
alex cruse is an Oakland, California-based writer, artist, and educator, whose work synthesizes the disciplines of poetry, video, installation, and new media. Her work primarily concerns how governmentality and technologized informational/linguistic structures orient experience and affective exchange. cruse holds a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Filip Gabriel Pudło
Media Art / Poland
Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology and The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Łódź at Cinematography and Television Production Department. He makes video artworks and programs installations. He is interested in generative, permutation and net art. His recent research based on network real-time images explores Japanese aesthetics. He lives and works in Warsaw.
Installation and drawing / Spain
Julia Valencia is an artist and a creative director. Mostly installation-oriented, Julia Valencia examines reality in pursuit of mundane revelation. Her work unravels the magnificence that lies in the ordinary through the design and construction of sacred, intimate spaces. Using appropriation and decontextualization, her installations confer a new interpretation, a different way of experiencing, placing what looks trivial on an altar. Julia Valencia finds essential to spot and remove all the superfluous, worthless layers in order to discover what's truly vital. The conquest of beauty and balance is the ultimate, crucial goal, the impulse enlightening all intentions, making sense across all actions. Beauty matters.
Painting and Drawing / South African
Having graduated with a BFA (Hons) in Fine Art from Rhodes University as well as a BA Honours in German Studies, Sharon draws inspiration from classical portraiture, literature and academic discourse alike. She is primarily concerned with the materiality of paint as subject matter, as well as the expression of the gaze in figurative portraits. Recent works have focused on spaces and roles inhabited by women; however continually pushing the boundaries of paint is instrumental to her practice – she is not restricted by scale, subject matter or medium.
Photographer & intermedia artist/ Poland
Since 2015 Aleksandra is an owner of a photo studio, where she has ongoing opportunity to broaden her professional and artistic experience. Her professional passion is image creation with the use of various media: photography, lm, graphic design, internet techniques. The artist is especially focused on what is invisible or of what one is unaware. The theme still present in her works is searching for mechanisms which in influence our choices and decisions. She refers to the body and tensions which appear while performing roles in the context of power and manipulation. Their multitude is a constant challenge and evokes the urge to discover what or who is a man in his essence; where the limit of one SELF-begins and where it ends.
Film and Photography / Sofia, Bulgaria
She has graduated for a scriptwriter, and nowadays these can be seen in her photographs. Her series is telling stories.
Her photography style can be described as the thin line between the worlds of imagination and reality. Her projects observe and focus on the dreams, imagination and the past. When mixing them three - then one can dive in her photography world which aim is also to provoke the audience to get back to the past moments, the dreams and mixing them two in the world of imagination.
Visual Artist / Berlin, Germany
Even though she attended classes and courses in art topics and techniques since childhood she opted for studies in psychology and public health at the beginning of her academic training. During her studies, she concerned and experienced artwork as a media in psychiatric contexts which she consolidated in postgraduate studies in art psychotherapy. After a personal crisis, she turned again to and focused on creative painting. Favorite topics of her work are urban landscapes representing snapshots of modern life concerning the state of minds as inner spaces reflecting in outer spaces and social issues as an environmental condition. As favorite techniques, she uses acrylic, paintings (linoleum cut and diverse materials), mixed media on canvas. She is creating as well silver jewelry, recently in combination with glass (beads), Her newest passions and fields of experimentations are lampwork beads and glass objects as well as weaving.
Painter / Sofia, Bulgaria
Gergana Nikolova graduated with B.A. and M.A. in Painting from the National Academy of Art, Sofia. She works mainly with painting and her work is driven by different sources – music, books, personal experiences and etc. Gergana also plays the piano and does sports climbing – that reflects on her paintings.
Paintings & drawings / Serbia
Painting is for me a spontaneous process of introspection and meditation and a practice of freedom. It is also a participation in an invisible world, shared by those willing to see it. The subjects, techniques and motives don't matter and vary, as long as the process leads to a discovery of new awareness and new ways of being.
Visual Artist / New York, USA
Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American artist. She completed her Psychology Ph.D. in the United States, which enables her to explore her subconscious and bring it into her artwork. She pursued her fine arts studies at Bath University England and The Art Students League of New York. Drawing from her upbringing in Lahore, Pakistan and adulthood in the United States. Qinza often uses the motif of bodies stretched, deconstructed, distorted and pushed beyond their limit. Qinza's work deals with how notions of gender, political, and cultural power play out across geography and social identification. Her works range from painting, sculpture, installation and performance art.She has exhibited at Queens Museum, Miami Art Basel, Sikka Art Dubai, Governors Island Art Fair, and Museum of Moving Images.
Interdisciplinary artist/ USA
Land is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer, gatherer, and observer interested in exploring relationships between space//place//body//self through diverse media and investigative techniques. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Environmental Systems and minor in Visual Arts. In searching for meaningful communication between disparate layers of a landscape, she has developed tools that engage and play with these forces. From performative interventions to hand-sculpted shapes, her works explore relations of the body to the environment, notions of exteriority/other, touch and gender.
Artist, educator & producer / USA
Artist creates paintings by spinning, dying and weaving her own canvases, using materials like synthetic and natural dyes, cotton, silk and other mixed materials. Exploring themes of time, space, technology and history with abstract imagery, her paintings and installations seek to physically control and manipulate space. Created on a floor loom, every millimeter of the material used to form these paintings and installations has passed through her fingers, each mark carefully considered, yet motivated by intuition. Her work often focuses on the mysterious and inspiring results of collaboration both between persons and materials.
Visual Artist and Educator / UAE
Originally from the United States, Joshua Watts received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University and Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, with a concentration in Printmaking. He is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University in Dubai. His most recent works compress lengths of time onto a single flat surface that blends multiple moments into a cohesive narrative. Created using thousands of images collected over the course of many days, these works are amalgamations of emergent behaviors revealed through the passage of time.
Hannah Carroll Harris
Visual Artist and sculpture/ Australia
Hannah Carroll Harris is a sculpture and installation artist with a background in textiles from Sydney, Australia. Drawing inspiration from the Australian landscape, her practice engages in a process of collection and re-assemblage, working directly with natural materials as well as site-specifically within the landscape.Bringing together disparaging elements, both natural and man-made, her works are a record of her encounters with the environment. Her hybrid sculptures complicate our comprehension of what we classify as natural or unnatural, forcing us to renegotiate our relationship to the world around us.
Textile artist / Ireland
Fiona is an artist and designer based in Dublin. While studying Textile Design, she fell in love with embroidery and hasn't looked back since. Through a mixture of traditional Irish craftsmanship and contemporary techniques, Fiona creates distinctive pieces that reflect her playful approach to art.
Visual art / South Korea
Hochul Lee is a visual artist from South Korea who explores the human life and free will.
He creates formative art by using a pottery technique and also enjoys experimenting with mixing different mediums. His artworks made in clay are emphasizing the separated limbs from the body.
Designer & Photographer / Taiwan
Yuan is a designer who doesn't want to be categorized and limited. She graduated from the Industrial Design Department at Cheng Kung University. She is interested in exploring relationships between identity, symbols, and concepts. For her, it's all about how humans communicate and create with each other, in relation to politics, history, social & culture.
Painter / UK
Jane’s art practice is an exploration line in 2D work. Having come from a traditional painting background, Jane has reduced painting down to just lines. The lines in her works articulate space. The calligraphic marks she uses have come from drawing dense urban environments from high viewpoints, the marks have become a shorthand for cities.
Allison Bernadette Long
Visual artist & singer-songwriter/ Canada
Her work is primarily driven by narrative; touching on themes such as childhood, memory, mental health/wellness, and spirituality. Allison is an avid believer in a stream of consciousness writing as a means to connect with one's deepest self, and as a source of inspiration and motivation. Her work varies in media but in most cases entwines or references her writing. Allison completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts ( majoring in drawing and painting) at OCAD University and also completed a Certificate in Commercial Jazz Music, as a vocal major.
Painter & visual artist / Spain
Miguel Sopena is an artist and photographer originally from Valencia, Spain, but now based in London. As a visual artist, his work so far has been mainly figurative, with a strong focus on the human figure, but he has recently started working in an increasingly abstract way, exploring the ground between figuration and abstraction as well as themes of memory and belonging. Miguel works mainly with drawing and painting but employs other media (such as photography and printmaking) so that all these strands of work may inform and cross-pollinate each other.
Visual Artist / Hong Kong
Manny is a visual artist and educator who graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from Hong Kong Art School and RMIT University majoring in Painting. She recalls the human activity and attitude that may have been forgotten in the pressures of metropolitan life. She uses her photographs of human action as the basis of her painting. She believes the subtle hinges represent a person attitude the best. She likes to retain the characteristics of natural materials and human produce with a combination. Each piece has a touch of handmade, or irregularity, that humanizes
Visual artist / England
She has a BA in Fine Art & Photography (UEL) and an MA in The Performance and the Body: Dance Theatre ( Trinity Laban). Her sculptural installations are often composed of everyday found objects, which are often painted in bright kitsch colors. The core of her work explores breaking hierarchies of space within the gallery white cube setting and public space. she does this through assemblage, destabilizing the clarity of ontological meaning through her awkward placing of objects and contingent arrangements. As a result, the viewers are suddenly faced with either a breathing totem symbol of the flaws of a contemporary capitalist world or to an entrance of an imagined reality. Currently, she is a Practice based Ph.D. Candidate at London Metropolitan University.
Photographer/ Greece- Belgium
Born in 1989 in Athens, Greece, Ioanna currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She is a graduate of Photography and Journalism and a postgraduate of European Urban Cultures. She documents urban decay and lost architectural ruins and she focuses part of her work on memory and territory. She is very much interested in the relationship between her photography practice and ideas relating to aesthetically "mapping" the historical and contemporary context of relations with global and social systems of power. In the past, she has collaborated with Caters News Agency and she is currently a Contributor for Barcroft Media providing photography content to major global media such as The Guardian, CNN, The Telegraph, Getty Images and others. In the past, she has also worked as a Writer/Editor for cultural websites and Communications Strategist for non-governmental organizations in Europe.
Photographer / UK
Patrice is a freelance photographer who holds an MA in Art & Design. His work focuses on capturing the environment around him by focusing on the smallest of objects that although unnoticed form an integral piece of the land. His interest is to use the medium of photography as a way to present the relationship between art and the modern world.
Writer & performer / USA
Anmarie Soucie holds a B.A. in creative writing and literature from New York University, and has published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction work in a variety of journals and magazines, including: NYU's Dovetail journal, 3Elements Review, RISE anthology, Hive magazine, Beautiful Bizarre, Resource magazine, Resource Travel, The Lo-Down, and so on. Anmarie's writing follows raw, fractured, and wounded characters, whose darker narratives she aims to give light through the medium of writing.
Dancer/ New Orleans, USA
Jessica Donley has been dancing social dances such as Cajun, Zydeco, Swing-Out, Hip Hop and the New Orleans Second Line since she could walk. Jessica has studied ballet, modern and jazz techniques as a way to enter the professional dance world, however, her passion remains for the more organic movement styles. She is keen on learning as many dance forms and rhythms of the African Diaspora in the Americas and in Africa. She earned her BAS from Louisiana State University in Cultural Anthropology and Dance. She lived and served two and a half years in the Peace Corps in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Jessica has been devising her own movement technique- Organic Contemporary. She is the co-founder of a dynamic non-profit organization, Dancing Grounds.
Visual Artist / Singapure
As an artist who works intuitively, Jaxton specializes in painting and enjoys experimenting with the use of colors in portraying peculiar narratives that delve into the notions of archetypes and the imaginary. He is currently interested in the idea of anthropomorphism of the landscape and how it could bridge a connection between the natural environment and the self. Through his works, he hopes to create a visual utopia that could form a resonation with others and spark an imagination.
Designer & artist / U.K.
Bethany Walker is designer, maker and artist with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Crafts. She predominantly works in metal and glass to create her work, usually in sculptural form. Every piece she creates tells a story or conveys a message to the viewer. She is interested in all aspects of craft and design, especially how materials react with each other. Currently, she is exploring site-specific work and the role it can play in evoking certain thoughts and feelings.
Fiction Writer / Canada
Having studied Linguistics and worked in the Marketing industry for the past two decades, Evelyn is now turning to her true love: fiction writing. Fascinated by the world around her, she dabbles in the question of what reality is to different people through her writing. She loves to write science fiction, thrillers, suspense, with a hint of erotica.