Kristin Texeira Returning Artist

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Kristin Texeira Returning Artist

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The paintings I create are inspired from memories. I am possessed by the desire to collect and preserve interactions. When I connect with a person or place a flood of color pours in my mind and I use that color to translate the moment.

I have found that making work about the past can, at times, distract me from being present. I have relied on the concept that in order to understand a place I must leave it so that it can become a memory. This month I am working to undo that idea. I am practicing being completely in the moment by painting the landscape from my window as the light changes daily. Some projects I am working on will still rely on memory and ultimately, I will be able to compare meditations of the present to meditations of the past.

Kristin Texeira

https://www.instagram.com/kristintexeira/

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Shannon May Powell Returning Artist

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Shannon May Powell Returning Artist

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Shannon May Powell’s photographic work explores intimacy and sexuality through a gender sensitive lens that aims to challenge and abstract concepts of the body. Having graduated with honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, with a major in creative writing and minor in philosophy, her visual art is an aesthetic expression of prose and philosophy.

Shannon has exhibited in both solo and group shows nationally and internationally, such as Berlin Feminist film week (DE), New York Art Book Fair (US), The Honeymoon Sweet (AUS), The Centre for Contemporary Photography (AUS), and Collingwood Arts Precinct (AUS). She has been widely published by national and international publications such as INDIE magazine, Ain’t Bad Contemporary Photographic Journal, Whitelies magazine and i-D magazine where she contributes regular articles and photographic material.

In 2015, she published her first book after completing a residency at Torna Gallery and Bookshop in Istanbul, and recently returned to the Varda artist residency where she will be working on new content for a textile and photographic exhibition in 2019. She also hopes to take time to explore meditative rituals, record her dreams and begin to experiment with moving image.


http://www.shannonmaypowell.com/
https://www.instagram.com/shannonmaypowell/

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María Torres

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María Torres

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María Torres is a visual artist living between Berlin and Almería. She studied painting at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and is currently settling down in an intentional community in the south of Spain.

Her latest works in drawing, painting, and video explore the notion of harmony in connecting contemporary art form with ancient tradition. Through the use of surreal imaginary her work captures attention and triggers contemplation and exploration. Spirituality, nature and the feminine are at the center of her work.

During her residency time at the VAR program, María Torres will develop a series of images inspired by the time spent with the nomadic cultures of Mongolia, where their spiritual beliefs and down to earth forms of art had a significant impact on her view of art making and crafts, placing creativity as a source for ritual.

María Torres has exhibited at the Contemporary Museum of Hohhot in China, UMA Gallery in UB Mongolia, Agora Collective in Berlin and Matadero Madrid, between others.

Video documenting The Rock Series

Feature by Curated by Girls

Feature by Tafmag Magazine

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Bronte Mae Webster

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Bronte Mae Webster

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Bronte Mae Webster is an artist working predominantly with the medium of paint. Her most recent works propose speculative sites that are imbued with spatial paradoxes and psychological tensions. Fragmented and rupturing, her paintings seek to repurpose and re-contextualize otherwise disparate elements into new compositions. Drawing upon art historical imagery, dynamic architectures, found material, biomorphic forms, and a visceral personal iconography, her works are both energetic and intimate.

Bronte lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University, 2017. She has exhibited work at the Crowther Contemporary, Soma Gallery, Arts Inc. Gallery and has had a solo show at First Site Gallery. Bronte has been featured in and on the cover of Fead Magazine.

During her residency at the VAR program, Bronte plans on making a new body of work that will evolve from her observations and experiences of a unique international setting. Becoming almost archaeological in her approach, she will intuitively uncover and collect differing visual languages of the every day in an effort to unify them within the pictorial space.

www.brontewebster.com

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