APRIL 2019 | Wolf von Kries
Wolf von Kries is a German artist based in Berlin. Following his studies at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris he has developed a multidisciplinary practice which includes installation, video, photography, drawing and collage.
Wolf often creates subtle interventions in everyday routines and ordinary objects to suggest alternative ways to read our environment. More concerned with generating a shift of perception then actual physical transformations his approach has evolved over the years to encompass walking, gathering and (re)interpreting or juxtaposing his finds with phenomena of seemingly unrelated fields and disciplines. To this end research residencies in countries all over the world have become an integral part of his working practice.
APRIL 2019 | Hari MacMillan
Driven by a desire for self-actualisation I seek fulfilment, enlightenment, growth and understanding through my artistic practice and collaboration with other artists and performers.
Employing the medium of collage, I examine the fragility and brutality of life while exploring the myriad notions of beauty in contemporary society and our evolving and disintegrating gender roles.
My inspiration lies in life events, individual histories and popular culture. I adopt everything and anything as my palette, in two or three dimensions and strive to create encompassing experiences employing sculpture, performance and film, always encouraging audience interaction.
I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work in Collemacchia and will devote my time to exploring the history and ancestral home of Mario Lanza; the operatic Tenor and Hollywood movie star whose family came from the village. Lanza was an extremely beautiful and troubled man. Just my type.
STONE RESIDENCY Generously supported by the MacKenna Sales family
APRIL 2019 | Janet Steen
Janet Steen is a writer based in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. She has published widely as a journalist and essayist. She worked as an editor and writer for magazines including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Details, and Time Out New York.
In 2012, Janet co-founded the literary essay site The Weeklings. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. She edits books through her business Editrixie. As co-curator of a literary series in Brooklyn called Murmrr Lit, at Murmrr Theatre, she has introduced and hosted world-renowned writers including Karl Ove Knausgaard, Maggie Nelson, and George Saunders.
In Collemacchia Janet will continue working on her first novel. The book explores themes of nostalgia, social disconnection, musical obsession and longing, gentrification, and love versus infatuation. It is a social critique as well as an emotional contemplation of nostalgia and the costs of progress. The novel hinges on the question: How do we leave the past behind while still honouring the things we most love about it?
JULY 2019 | Emma Brown
Emma Brown is a freelance artist and printmaker based in Bristol, England. Her work explores history, tradition, collection and place through a focus on narrative and its interpretation through visual form. Her visual language is moving beyond representational illustration to incorporate abstracted impressions of objects and figures alongside automatic drawings responding to experience and emotion. Emma’s working processes are driven by her illustrative skill-set that combines drawing, painting, collage and traditional print techniques.
“I have been working to develop a stronger link between my feelings and experiences and my creative output … establishing and nurturing relationships with others in order to gain insight and support and move away from solitary working. This residency, in a village community, will provide the opportunity to meet new people and share information and experiences. I want to gain an understanding of how people cope with life; either the monotony or routine of the everyday or significant changes that can be transformative and impactful.”
JULY 2019 | Erika Dahlén
Anthropogenic environmental problems give new dimensions to existential questions: what does it mean to be a human - a living being with knowledge of its own mortality?
The Swedish artist Erika Dahlén has a long-standing commitment to matters regarding our relationship with nature, a perspective which permeates her projects. She uses textile and paint, cut pieces stitched into a patchwork bringing fragments together into a new whole in an act that might be seen as a prayer of intercession for a world seemingly torn apart. Her aim during the residency is to integrate the landscape of Collemacchia into her textile assemblages.
Erika Dahlén studied art in Stockholm, Sweden and in Vadodara, India. Her works are represented in Moderna Museet | Modern Art Museum, Stockholm and in public and private collections. She is a regular visiting lecturer at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She also works as a project manager, recently for a national project Art, Refugee and Integration which explored artistic practice as a resource in refugee reception.
JULY 2019 | Margo Davis
Margo Davis is a recent retiree celebrating wanderlust. She attained her MFA in New Orleans, USA, before her Research Services career took her to Houston. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Margo’s poems have appeared in Ekphrastic Review, Ocotillo Review, What Rough Beast, The Fourth River, Misfit, Light, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express. Anthology publications include Enchantment of the Ordinary, Echoes of the Cordillera, Untameable City and Of Burgers and Ballrooms.
“This residency will provide a quiet, natural setting for writing into my poetry manuscript. Primarily I write ekphrastic poetry, stimulated by manmade expression or natural environs as a point of departure for meditative thought. I surround myself with exhibits, archives, books, photographs, films (digested in-person, through research, and by combing archived content). My personal politics often surface; global warming has scorched many of my poems which evolved in natural settings, particularly parks”.
The trick is walking into my shadow
and not coming out. Or better yet,
gathering it into myself like a faded blanket
one folds carefully, outstretched arms
tucked in, the length longer than
I am tall. I have folded,
wanting no one to notice the direction I take
as I hunker behind landmark structures
the sun beats down upon. Sweat it out,
I tell myself. The moon will surface
to make its full case. Thus far it hasn’t
cratered into earth, into me. A flashlight
could do me in, though in truth, the hand, arm,
face of its ghoulish inquisitor could make
my spirit vanish without a trace.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Fourth River (Dec. 2018
JULY 2019 | Anna Oberfeld
A person’s life is continuously fragmented, copied and stored in both personal and shared memory, the shards of which are often misrepresented or mislaid. It is this idea – the fear of losing these shards – that drives Anna’s practice.
“Upon my recent move to Israel, I have been able to reconnect with family. Through meeting them I have begun to find more answers to my questions about my family’s diaspora stories. This residency will allow me to dedicate uninterrupted time to my research and to create a new body of work about these stories.”
Anna Lauren Oberfeld was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She undertook the Maryland Institute College of Art’s honors program at SACI College of Art & Design Florence, Italy. Anna holds a BFA Cum Laude in General Fine Art with a concentration in Photography (Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore) and a MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art (2016).
Anna lives and works in her studio in Midreshet Ben-Gurion in the heart of the Negev Desert in Israel.
JULY 2019 | Florence Richardson
Florence Richardson is a multidisciplinary video artist who is interested in the strange and eerie yet nostalgic reflections of pastoral environments. Informed by the psychological spaces of American Gothic film and literature, English folk horror and the uncanny, she creates filmic realms which invite audiences into the liminal spaces between modes of fictional narrative, reality and cultural memory. Working in digital video, sound design, print and textiles, her immersive audio-visual installations filter familiar aesthetics through a conceptual lens of hauntology: a cultural and social concept encompassing lost rural pasts, misremembered fictional media and the eerie, dreamlike elements of conventionally bucolic landscapes.
“The work of cultural critic, author and lecturer Mark Fisher was intrinsic to articulating my lifelong fascination with the quietly haunting nature of the landscapes I grew up in - both in reality and the media I viewed … I will utilise my residency position to navigate and share the ideas and aesthetics voiced by an author whose presence on this plane of reality departed too soon”.
AUGUST 2019 | Jennifer Gathercole
Jennifer explores relationships between memory, loss, objects and place through the medium of printmaking. Her work speaks to a dialectic between old and new; forgotten and treasured; stated and unspeakable. Inspiration comes from oral histories, old, discarded photographs, archival material and her own current photographic images. In A Forgotten Landscape, a Heritage Lottery project in the Severn Valley, she engaged with local residents’ oral and visual histories to inform her practice, and a series of workshops.
Jennifer draws upon her study of sociology at Anglia Ruskin University and postgraduate research at London School of Economics which focused on the social representation of trauma and loss. Her practice incorporates an experiential reflective approach, informed by peer counselling and work in the UK voluntary sector with people whose voices have been marginalised.