Austin Irving


Austin Irving

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Austin Irving – VAR – Bio

Born and raised in New York City, Austin Irving is a visual artist who works with large format analog photography.

Irving graduated with a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at TISCH School Of The Arts at New York University in 2006. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Hong Kong, India, Germany, Paris, and across The United States. In 2017, she was the Artist-In-Residence at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India.

In 2019, Irving’s work was included in the third Every Woman Biennial in Los Angeles. Her images have been featured in The LA Times, Wired, Slate, Architectural Digest, Art Ltd., Artillery, TimeOut NY, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Frontrunner, Artsy, Yatzer, and Artweek LA.

Irving lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles and her work is represented by Wilding Cran Gallery.

During her residency at the VAR program, Austin Irving will be creating a body of work that is a reaction to Body Dysmorphic Disorder. She will explore her thoughts and feelings about this issue through both analog and digital photography and short videos. As this residency encourages collaboration, Austin will look to include the other artists on board the SS Vallejo and to the surrounding art community in Sausalito in her project.


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Seala Lokollo-Evans


Seala Lokollo-Evans


Seala Lokollo-Evans lives and works in Melbourne. 

Seala exhibited in a number of group shows in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including: Place To Be, at The Brunswick Sculpture Centre; Of everything that disappears there remain traces, at The Honeymoon Suite; Window Shopper, at Campbell Arcade; and Fresh!, at Craft Victoria. Seala and her work have also been featured in Vogue Australia, Russh Magazine, Elle Australia, Vampir Magazine and Monk House Design News.

Seala’s recent works have focused on uncovering the space between the points of her Maluku Islands and Australian identities. Her most recent work, An Offering To My Other Side, 2018, centres on the confluence between the historical prominence of the vessel in ceramics, and its primacy - in the form of the boat - in Maluku culture. In the latter, the vessel serves as the fulcrum of how life on the islands is practically lived, symbolically structured, and commemorated. 

During her residency at the VAR program, Seala plans to focus on developing her own tools to generate different process patterns rather than working solely toward an output.

By looking beyond the tools traditionally prescribed in clay making, and instead developing an evolving stable of implements through the sourcing and intertwining of found objects, the gaze can instead be fixed on the 'upstream' of the creative process. this will generate a variety of different patterns of production that can flow to, and shape, the final outputs more profoundly. 

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Ziemba is the performing moniker of NYC-based musician, composer, perfumer, writer, and cultural geographer René Kladzyk. Ziemba’s multi-sensory creations playfully interrogate space, perception, and the body.
Since first making an incense for her debut album (using flowers from the yard of her childhood home), Ziemba has increasingly employed fragrance as a vehicle for transforming sonic spaces. Her new full length album, ARDIS, functions as a series of portals into a sci-fi adventure and parallel world. It was released sequentially throughout the spring and summer of 2019, in the form of audio download, limited batch fragrance, video, and tape.
Ziemba was Pioneer Works' music artist-in-residence for the month of March 2019. She also co-leads Xhoir, an experimental vocal collective, along with Berlin-based artist/musician Colin Self. During her time at the Varda residency, Kladzyk will be working on new fragrant sounds. 

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