• ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE •
Lily Bennett & Max Boutwell Draper
Filmmakers / Austrelia
Lily Bennett and Max Boutwell Draper are filmmakers and visual artists from Sydney,
Australia. Graduates of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, their practice is
focused on the ethos of resourceful filmmaking and their shared interest in Set Design.
Adopting Lo-fi aesthetics, their films have led to the construction of fantastical worlds that
explore both intimate narratives and current climate and social discourse.
Multi-disciplinary / USA
Born in Japan, raised in Mexico and completing her fine arts degree in Australia, Viola Nazario's multi-disciplinary range is matched by the scope of countries and cultures she has inhabited. Her paintings, drawings and public art are all intensely personal expressions of an artist attuned to a clear internal dialogue that is both surreal and quotidian, creating a tender, mysterious and often humorous narrative that runs through her work.
Visual artist / USA
Sierra is interested in media and how we collect and sort images and ideas in our minds. She feel bombarded by all media. It is her goal to morph and re-imagine these images from the media into her own imagined world. She uses surrealism, absurdist humor and compassion.
Multidisciplinary Artist / Germany
“My work is a reminder, a non-didactic index-finger and a window handle to open up something in us: a readiness that allows us to be permeable to our surroundings. Working in painting, writing, mixed media, video, drawing, performance and installation I become a channel for the narratives,
rituals, visions and objects that unite us. A central momentum is the collection, invention and the telling of stories through the visual. This is both a
work of translation as of formation. Failure is indispensable, as my last name announces”
Sculptures / Italy
Federica Zianni is interested in silence as a contact form, not in the very strict sense of a tactile experience but for its communication lever through
participation in the work. Her artistic production is based on listening, understanding, not as a physical action focused on relationship but as an inner self-introspective necessity. Federica Zianni believes that "communicating"is not strictly related to speech but essentially to the listening capacity. Listening allows us to build qualitative relationships.Silence is the common and eternal language of the universe, the most suitable to communicate the deepest feelings and to exorcise the deepest fears. The artist deals with the theme of identity and mourning. Her mute sculptures are born this way, perfect mechanisms that refer to nothing but themselves, to a closing circuit to the outside from which no sound derives. In her latest production, the artist also deals with the theme of self-introspection, creating moving and shiny surfaces that do not refer to a clear portrait of those who are mirrored.
Mariah-Rose Marie M
Visual artist / USA
Mariah-Rose Marie M is a California-born, pan-American raised educator, artist & poet currently freelancing around Europe. Past and current clients include Warner Bros. Animation, The New Yorker, The Nib and BOOM! Studios. Mariah-Rose Marie M is creating a series of paintings, drawings and observations that explore the past and present zeitgeist of a Bulgaria on the cusp of our globally unsure future. Her work is informed by the stories and collective memories of Sofia's residents, local history, traditional folklore, food, flora, and fauna to form a visual meditation on what it means to be "тук", or "here"
Ana Bertina Hursh
Visual Artist / Mexico
''I am unsettled by the objectification of bodies; we are our bodies, our experiences, and our emotional and intellectual reality, this is important from the point of view of representation, as an exploration that modifies our identity as woman. Color and atmospheres are essential features of my artwork. I create ethereal blurred bodies as well a collection of real and fabulous animals, offering the viewer the opportunity to make their
own interpretation of each situation. Usually I work first with logbooks or travel journals with a compilation of drawings, pictures, designs, fantastic animals and erotic shapes, to create images that will take us from one place to another and will refer to other images; I attempt to produce the pictorial turn in a series of abstract paintings, regarding the surroundings and landscapes in the nearby locations.''
Christian Santana Prinz
Visual Artist / Mexico
''My work is a debate among the urban postmodernism, the modern schizoid constructions of great metropolises, the pictorial beauty and the visual bad taste. The landscapes that I have painted represent the junk of civilization; abandoned concrete structures, bridges, avenues and highways, simulated through forms that return us to forms of nature which create an hallucinatory vision of a utopic world where the impossible union between civilization and nature exists. In my paintings the urban territories are the places where the subjective experience of what is public is renewed in the exaltation of color and perspective. I attempt to show fragments of natural universes where rituals and symbolism of different myths are mingled with the imaginary of industrial culture.''
Visual Artist / Canada
The history of painting is closely tied to an idea of individuality; it is the place where the individual marks a surface and stakes a claim. By unraveling the influences of form within his work, Brendan Flanagan’s practice looks to visualize connections between technology, capital and personal history. Brendan Flanagan (born 1983) lives in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario.
Photographer / Germany
Valentina Culley-Foster is a Berlin-based freelance photographer and Art Director of a two-headed production company called 'Grin and Bear Studios'. She grew up in Virginia (USA) and in the Rhineland Palatinate (Germany). Valentina has worked in the photography industry professionally since 2010. She is a trained photographer having studied Photographic Arts at the University of the Arts London (Foundation Diploma, 2010) and at Westminster University (Bachelor Honours Photographic Arts, 2013). Valentina's conceptual documentary photography is based on ideas surrounding contemporary cultural debate. Her personal projects generally explore divided and conflicted spaces that affect personal, national and global identity. The photographers' larger series documented in Berlin and Northern Ireland reflect her ongoing interest in vanishing divides between people, as well as the change in geographical landscape without militarised borders and the significance of these spaces today. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in London, Berlin, Belfast and Derry (NI).
Multidisciplinary Artist, Australia
Amelia Skelton is a multi-disciplinary artist living and practising in Sydney, Australia, graduating from a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016, as a sculpture major. Skelton's practice is rooted in the creation, documentation and performative utilization of masks and costumes. Commandeering humor, the absurd and the universal history of mask making as her main tool set, Skelton communicates narratives of grotesqueness, and the emancipating effect of a mask.
During the residency she is learning about the historical Kukeri Festival and tradition of mask-making associated with it.
In response to this, she intend to create a number of new masks and costumes, as well as accompanying photos, videos and drawings. These Masks and costumes will hopefully reflect the context they are created in and reference the labor-intensive processes present in the creation of Kukeri Masks.
Mix media artist / Hong Kong
Lau Wang Tat is a mixed media artist. He received his Bachelor of Education (Hons) from the Hong Kong University of Education and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree co-presented by Hong Kong Art School and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. In 2013, he obtained his Master of Arts in Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2018, he participated in artist residency program in Shigaraki, Japan, as studio artist. Combining different media, including ceramics, printmaking, painting and Chinese calligraphy, his focus in art making involves the relationship between the inner self and its surroundings.
Contradictions such as "intimate and strange," or "close and distant" best describe Wang-tat's artwork.
Combining different media, including ceramics, printmaking, painting and Chinese calligraphy, Wang-tat's focus in art making involves the relationship between the inner mind and his surroundings.
Personal memories, fragments of events and the reinterpretation of things reassembled, are starting points for his creation.
Anni Jane Linklater
Visual artist / Australia
Anni Jane Linklater is a 2D artist and jack of all trades. She is interested in humble traditional mediums such as pencil, pastel and watercolors. She seeks to explore political and personal topics throughout the freeing aspects of abstraction. Light, movement and the space in between are continuing themes in her work.
DATSON HUGHES - Artistic Duo
Musician / Australia
DATSON HUGHES is the artistic collaboration of sound artist, poet, songwriter, composer and musician Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes, author, songwriter, musician and cultural producer. Their joint practice draws on long immersion in Australian visual, musical and literary culture, selecting and combining forms to produce multi-media performance installations.
Writer & photographer, Columbia - USA
Angela Lang is a writer and photographer. Half nomad, half flâneuse, English and Spanish are her home. She has lived in three continents and worked as a travel writer and wellness editor for magazines in the United States, as cultural correspondent for Colombian publications, and as a lifestyle web editor. Currently she is working on a visual and textual project exploring the impact of strangers, spontaneous traveling partners, and the spark of connections that go beyond gender, nationality, language and common identity labels.
Visual artist / Australia
Megan Shaw is an Australian artist from Perth who works with sculpture, utilising a painterly methodology to redirect the alluring colours and textures of everyday materials. Shaw attempts to create new encounters between materials and the viewer, to disrupt culturally developed material and object hierarchies.
Sofía Hurtado Montes
Visual artist, illustrator & writer / Colombia
Sofía is an art student at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Her work explores repetition, patterns, obsession and recurrent organic movement in nature, using different techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed-media she tampers on what is non-figurative and what is.
Interdisciplinary Artist / South Korea
Her main working subject matter of Jung-Ji Eun is deeply involved with a story of her dream and the intense dreamscape in it. She also shares brief essay along with illustration about vivid moments that come from memorable experiences in her life and how she felt those situations. These text and drawings are an attempts to understand about border of dream and reality, and the grey area-not binary thinking. Not to create better work nor to gain more empathy, the works are in progress to test for the given weight of the work and what is that means to her.
Visual artist / Singapure
MaryAnn Loo (also known as PenguinGirl) is best known for whimsical paintings and illustrations of penguins who live in the sky, which symbolize possibilities and manifesting one's dreams. Since her first solo exhibition in 2013, MaryAnn has curated and organised two group exhibitions, illustrated six children's books, and exhibited in South Korea and Singapore. In 2018, MaryAnn began "Project: 100 Dream Trees", a mission to collaborate with 100 communities around the world and create 100 Dream Tree mural installations, symbols of an ideal space where all fulfil their aspirations together, and thus create a whole new world. She has currently completed five Dream Trees: in Lithuania, Latvia, Singapore and Spain. MaryAnn is also a voice coach, and loves writing, contemplating the meaning of life, and chocolate.
filmmaker & writer / Australia
Tim Carlier is a filmmaker and writer from Adelaide, Australia. His work is often experimental attempts to blend science fiction, fantasy and surreal comedy. With three short films, and several years of on-set experience under his belt, Tim's current focus is on short art films and installations which explore the communication of ideas and emotions across language gaps, through sound and vision.
Interdisciplinary Artist / USA
Carrie Fucile is an interdisciplinary artist who works with sound, installation, and performance. Her practice is primarily concerned with the psychological, historical, and familial aspects of geographical territory. She is known for producing sound by manipulating found objects and subjecting them to various technological processes. Fucile has presented her work at numerous venues around the world including The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, DC; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Casa Contemporânea, São Paulo, and the Director's Lounge, Berlin. Her recordings are released through Ehse Records and Protagonist Music. She lives and works in Baltimore.
Visual artist / Canada
Emily Corbett is a visual artist based in Ontario, Canada who's work primarily focuses on painting. She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelor's in Studio Art in 2018. Through her paintings she examines how climate change and sea level rise affect human migration and global policy. She explores these ideas with methods such as printmaking, drawing, fibre and painting.
Visual artist / UK
Mairead Dunne is an artist and illustrator from Ireland based in Cornwall, UK. Her work explores the role of model-making in contemporary practice - shifting between intimate photographic viewpoints to site-specific installations. Working predominately with miniature tableau's, each piece is carefully composed adapting elements of theatre and early Russian animation techniques.
Visual Artist & Theatre Designer / China
Before entering the theatre world, Ni Wen was a filmmaker and animator for many years. She wrote, directed and designed her own short films. Most of them truly reflected how she saw the world around her at that particular moment in life. After graduated from BA moving image course at Central Saint Martins in London, she started to help other people to visualize their stories. She freelanced as set, costume and projection designer in London for about two years, before she enrolled MFA Theatre Design course at YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA. Now she is interested in exploring new form of theatre, especially in using projection.
Visual artist / Bulgaria
Born in Sofia (Bulgaria), Gergana graduated from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany as a media artist. She acquired a BA in Set design from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia. She lived in Berlin for 6 years, where she worked for VICE, assisted to Nan Goldin and designed eyewear for PAWAKA. She came back to Bulgaria in 2016 and has since focused on photography and graphic design. Topics of her work are climate change, environmental protection and the beauty of human emotions. She likes when her pictures look like paintings.
Visual Artist / UK
The everyday and the familiar are essential in Watts' practice. Watts' concern is how the home affects creative thought. What is the impact of the home on socialising, on imagination, on play, in making communities, on our compassion and on our political agency? What is the relationship between homes and introversion? Can extroversion be weaponised as a political tool? Watts' focus lays in the common ground for the artist and the spectator, how collage can adjust the boundary between documentation and activity, editing to bring together images that blur reality and fiction, physical and virtual, possible and impossible. Watts' also used performance to play with the boundaries between the artwork, socialising, and the workshop.
Painter / Taiwan
Chun-Shan Chien is an artist from Taiwan. Her painting usually employs watercolours mixed with other art mediums, combining watercolour-based and oil-based mediums. Her more recent plant-based research began in 2018 and developed through acute observation, in which she discovers a strong energy linking the simple patterns within each plant and oriental philosophy: each living form has its own talents to contribute to this world. As each individual reveals its inner talent, it will automatically optimise the future for both the individual and the world at large.
Multidisciplinary artist / Netherlands
Salomé graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018. Her interests lie in the process of making itself, how to follow and combine the will of the material and the will of the making hand. Sometimes the best work is created in an unseen moment, but how to find such a moment while it is best to stay unseen? Through painting, drawing and writing Salomé investigates this among other questions, in exhibitions where text and image support each other in an associative way.
Visual Artist / Brasil
Roberta Mestieri is a Brazilian artist based in Berlin who is interested in various media. She has worked as an actress, playwright, theater director and in the past eight years has been focused on painting. Roberta seeks to investigate the matter of painting, ink, color and body, also different forms and the balance between the shape of the canvas and the painting itself. Her work has endless layers, which overlap and are then removed, in a long process, leaving traces that allow the final work to show up. Or not!
Visual Art / USA
Jackson Brinkley experiments in distilling experience into thingamajigs to share, with a hopeful intent to promote light. Mark making, tradition, and transcendence are recurring themes in the lines, spaces, sculptures, and pages that surface in his continual study of perception.
Visual art / Serbia
Insisting on the spontaneity and magic of the moment, without the previous templates and sketches, the personal inner world takes on various multidimensional forms expressed by the line in the black and white spectrum. During the process of appearance and disappearance, phantasmagoric forms establish a connection between the future, the present and the past. Graduated from the Department of Applied painting of the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, Dunja works in drawing, painting and mosaic techniques. She deals with the eternal issues of existence, its visible and invisible forms. Through her works, she tries to show light in contours while trying to break through a multitude of layers of human imperfection.
Visual Artist-Archaeologist/ France-Ireland
The past and the present, parts and wholes, creation and destruction; not so much contradictions as pairs, inextricably linked... These are the ambivalences that fuel Céline Murphy’s research. Academically qualified as an archaeologist, but also trained as an artist, she presently works at the intersection of both disciplines, expressing her thoughts and discoveries in both written and visual form. Currently fascinated with ‘the fragment’, be it physical or conceptual, Céline explores its narrative value in reconstructions - or, perhaps more precisely, constructions - of the past. Through her ceramic installations and water colours she researches different avenues for understanding broken objects or decaying constructions, including how they came to break and the agents involved in their breakage. Another aspect of Céline’s research is the body, the broken body, the missing limb, and the idea of the body part as a token for humanness.
Graphic design & writing / USA
Joshua Unikel works at the intersection of design and creative writing, focusing on the overlap between graphic design and the literary essay. He is the co-editor of No Quo: Attempts (DesignInquiry Press, 2017) and Beyond Category (Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press, 2015). He also serves as a contributing editor of Seneca Review. Unikel has shown at DesignPhiladelphia; Griffith University Art Gallery (Australia); The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Lawndale Art Center; and will be showing at the CICA Museum (South Korea) and the Institute of Contemporary Art: Portland (US).
Visual art / Scotland
Coming from a diverse and nomadic background, Pascal's work is often autobiographical. He strives to move past the surface of things in order to communicate complex elements of human reality. Having taken up painting at an early age, he enjoys the physical activities and processes of working on large scale canvases and implementing bold colouring. Recently his work has focussed on the body, often depicted in undefined spaces and separate from time.
Multidisciplinary / Russia- USA
Irina Skornyakova is multidisciplinary artist & curator. Oringinally from Moscow, Russia she hes lived in Japan, across many parts of the US, Berlin and has curated happenings, exhibitions in the Portland (ME) and Boston (MA) regions. Her most recent curatorial project, Hybrid Realities, brought togther female artists exploring the themes of femininity, identity, fantasy vs. reality. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and currently resides in Portland (ME).
Visual art / Georgia
Teona Chanishvili is an artist from Georgia. For several years she has been cooperating with publishing houses as a book designer, illustrator and Editor in art. As an artist she focuses on painting in a contemporary figurative style. Main theme in her art is a human. With colors and symbols she reflect their fillings, thoughts, emotions, what turns realism into fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
Painting, perfumery/ Canada
Megan Hepburn received her Master of Fine Art from Concordia University, Quebec and Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University, Canada. Her painting-based practice earned the Joseph Plaskett Award in Painting in 2010, and was shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Canada Painting Prize in 2010 and 2015. Her work has exhibited across Canada and in Europe since 2006, and her writing has been published in journals including The apilano Review, AAB and The Benefit of Friends Collected. Recent exhibitions include Dark Sands Ask Why You Talk So Fast at Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada and Banana Dust at Spare Room, Vancouver, Canada. A ovice perfumer, she has a longstanding fascination with odour, and has recently launched the perfume line Cracher Dans La Soupe Parfum. Megan currently resides in the un-ceeded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ilwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Multidisciplinary artist / Ireland
Áine O'Hara is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre-maker from Ireland. Áine uses theatrical techniques and crafts as a tool for storytelling. Áines current work looks at the complex relationship between trauma and chronic illness.
Visual Art / Japan
Setsuko Maho is a self-taught Japanese artist and printmaker based in London and Tokyo. In that time she’s been exploring the range of possibilities, techniques and methods available in screen-printing to produce artwork that fascinates. The core concept of her artwork; “Wonder” brings inspiration and that becomes an artwork, her artwork comes from sudden intuition and fleeting emotions from her everyday life. She express her feelings of particular moment by collage; using colours and shapes to create an abstract screen print of her original patterns: to incorporate both her paintings and fabric works.
Visual art / Scotland
Embarking on a methodical journey, she create repetitive drawings and paintings which transport not only myself but also the audience into a land of darkness. Her practice centres around mental health, focusing mainly on depression and the cloud that surrounds such an ominous topic – even in todays world. She tend to create in a large scale as to transport the audience into an experience that can only be perceived when being part of the artwork. It is being emerged in the shadows, a realm of eternal sadness and conflict within ones being. The darkness can be so utterly overwhelming and inconsolable but whilst creating these repetitive art works, it can act as a sort of therapy to help calm one’s mind even if only for a short while. It can be an escape from the harsh reality that can be our lives.
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.
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.
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.
Painting / Japan
Though paintings, I examine uncertain things and ambiguous things that transform.As a starting point, light and colors are the themes and human bodies are the motifs. Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, MA, Yugo is aiming for expression of paintings, with originality and modernity, by the paintings themselves, such as colors, textures, lines, and illusion, without relying on the narratives or specific social references.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
Design / animation / USA
Charles Sheppa works in graphics and animation with a focus on interactive works. He studied with a BA focus in interactive design and completed a graduate degree with a focus in science communication. His recent work uses live animation and digital puppets to incorporate new flexibility into normally rigid interactive systems, promoting unique audience experiences and interactions with his work. He is also interested in more traditional digital animation with narratives revolving around topics in psychology and science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
James Oscar Lee
Visual Artist / USA
James Oscar Lee is a two and three dimensional artist from Detroit, USA. He creates emotional landscapes through his applications of acrylic and oil based paints on woven fibers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Visual and Performance Artist / USA & Bugaria
Dessislava Terzieva is a Bulgarian multidisciplinary artist and designer living and working in Detroit, USA. She uses a variety of mediums, including but not limited to - sculpture, installation, performance - to explore and communicate notions such as identity, nostalgia and the immigrant experience. During her stay in her hometown of Sofia, Dessislava created a collection of wearable sculptures (clothing). In response to fast fashion and the environmental destruction it causes, Dessislava uses preexisting garments and found materials. Furthermore, clothing is used as a canvas to showcase 2d collages which tell tales of global decay. The dark imagery is juxtaposed with the beautiful garments as n intermingling of both creation and destruction. This project aims to use fashion as a communicator, the sharer of knowledge and of personal narrative.
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.
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.
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 / 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
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.
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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.