Work-in-progress with Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga, Fernanda Chieco (Brazil), Jack Duplock (UK) and Jade de Robles (Spain/England)
If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Six talented resident artists are working hard, creating their masterpieces and doing their research, interviewing the locals and getting inspiration from the natural landscape.
I had the chance to follow their whereabouts, and I decided to turn the spotlight on the artists themselves as they went through such immersive experience prior to the exhibition, Of Place and Time, on 28 November 2015.
Here were some of the highlights:
Deanna, the ever-nurturing one, showed the students on how to make Tangyuan (汤圆), a kind of Chinese dessert that consists of glutinous rice dumplings in sweet soup.
Sunshine Dannie taught the students on how to make Baked Potatoes, Texas style.
Lovely Deanna treated the students to Nanaimo bar, a form of Canadian bar dessert that requires no baking time. Nanaimo bar consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped with custard butter icing layer, after which it is covered with delicious melted chocolate.
It was such a wonderful and enlightening experience to watch the charming and influential Dutch photographer and video installation artist, Ine Lamers, work her magic to get the locals to participate in her work-in-progress for the exhibition.
Ine’s oeuvre is generally made up of poetic large format photographs and/or video installations, juxtaposing with one another, depicting non-linear visual narratives based on fact and fiction, the past and present, as well as the country and city space.
I always enjoyed watching Deanna interacting with the locals for her interesting art project, which is based on one of the locals’ old video of children snow sledding down the slope in town, in 1984.
Some of the artists met with Tomas, a local signs maker who also does large scale/format printing. One thing I like about Tomas is his sense of humour, evidently from these signs on his wall (below):
All six resident artists gathered at Listhús Main Gallery to ponder on how they could utilize the space based on their works.
We have two gentlemanly artists: Dan Elborne, a ceramic artist from Australia whose works are of calibre and Olivier Renevret, from France, who loves to explore themes on minimalism and his paintings are zen-like.
I especially love how Deanna take her photographs. Just like how she handles her analogue camera, there is this soothing gentleness at the way she approaches her subject matter.
A shout-out to another resident artist, Constanza Gazmuri, a gifted Chilean explorer-artist, whose works are focused on the blue hour aesthetics against the snow-laden mountain backdrop, and the resilience of the winter plants as well as oneself even when faced with less than desirable circumstances. For those who are curious on what blue hour means, it is the period of twilight each morning and evening when indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.
And to end off on a good note, I am forever grateful to Dannie for being with me to witness my first Northern Lights on 12 November 2015 (below). I admired her determination to press on, even though it was -4 degree Celsius.
In regards to her artistic practice, Dannie’s works generally explore the duality of light and darkness, and of fear and tranquility. It’s an honour to know such talented individual, who is also selfless enough to share her experience and wisdom.
Seeing the sheer dedication and passion, as well as the amount of respect these artists have for the environment and local people, I am already looking forward for the exhibition on the 28 November!
Stay tuned for more!