JOAO STREIBEL

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JOAO STREIBEL

Joao Streibel is a Brazilian physicist and computer programmer working with computer graphics (CG). His recent works have focused on real-time physics simulations, experimenting with them for their sole visual beauty.

His interests are in the solution and visualization of field equations and many-body chaotic systems. For example: visualizing electric and magnetic fields of a system of interacting particles, water flowing, quantum objects evolving in time, visualizations of the Lorentz Attractor, etc.

During his residency at the VAR program, Joao worked on a prototype of an interactive and real-time physics engine designed to allow for field equations to take place in a continuous and arbitrarily large and detailed space.
 

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MONTXO ALGORA

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MONTXO ALGORA

Monxto Algora is the founder and executive director of ArtFutura, a global festival of digital culture and creativity:

ArtFutura came about from the confluence of interests of some of the pioneers of the Cyberculture movement from the 90s, among whom were, Rebecca AllenWilliam Gibson and Montxo Algora, who presently continues to direct the festival.

Among the guests who have visited the festival there have been names such as Rebecca AllenTheo JansenBruce SterlingLaurie AndersonYoichiro KawaguchiMoebiusDerrick de KerckhoveDavid ByrneHoward RheingoldEduardo KacKevin KellySherry TurkleToshio Iwai and Chris Cunningham.

During his stay at Varda Artists Residency, Montxo,  researched the current state of VR in the Bay Area, meet with local developers, artists, and art organizations. 

For more information visit: www.artfutura.org

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CLAUDIA CISNEROS

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CLAUDIA CISNEROS

Narcissus studies. 2013

Narcissus studies. 2013


The work of Claudia Cisneros is based on drawing, writing, and performance. Her recent works have focused on learning processes that deal with the psychological notion of time through the body. She usually recurs to the “double” as a psychic identity and the “spectator” as a complementary part of a conversation.

Claudia lives and works in Guadalajara. She holds a degree in visual arts from the University of Guadalajara and is a graduate of SOMA’s educational program.

We walked in an exaggerated manner around the perimeter of a square. In collaboration with Bruce Nauman. 2016

We walked in an exaggerated manner around the perimeter of a square. In collaboration with Bruce Nauman. 2016

She has exhibited at the Museo de la ciudad de Guadalajara, Museo de arte de Zapopan, Museo Raúl Anguiano, Centro cultural de España en México, Biquini Wax EPS, Cráter invertido, SOMA México , Salón ACME, Internationaler Jugendverband Europa- Lateinamerika, Zona MACO, Material Art Fair.   

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DHYANA MINCARONE  • FEBRUARY 2017

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DHYANA MINCARONE • FEBRUARY 2017

Dhyana is a Brazilian naturopath and massage therapist. She works with natural practices as massage and aromatherapy, symbolism and holistic approach. Dhyana graduated at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Brasil; gaining a postGraduate degree in the Practices of the Sacred Femininity.

Through this natural practice, she works on the integration of systems of body, mind, emotions and the spirit.

In Dhyana’s words:

"By using massage, once you surrender yourself through the therapy, you can start an inner journey that gets you in touch with your body consciousness. This experience can bring information to the surface that could help you reflect on how you live your life, as a portrait of yourself. Moreover, the use of natural vegetable oils and aromatherapy is ideal for accessing to your emotional and subconscious state. These realms are explored through body sensations and the memories and energetic alignments that arise during the session. Massage can also eliminate accumulated toxins in your body. This body therapy allows you to review and eliminate negative behavioral patterns by an aiming to achieve a realignment of your body and inner energy. The final result is an opening of yourself while also learning to perceive and accept yourself in a positive way."

While in residency, Dhyana worked with the recently experienced traditional Hawaiian Kahuna healing system called “Lomi Lomi” massage. Lomi connects people with their ancestral energy through the alignment of bones and bodywork, in a very soft way. It is meant to be like gentle waves reaching the shore, in a sensitive and rhythmic way. It also brings harmony with flowing movements and organizes the flux of energy.

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DIEGO GRAVINESE

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DIEGO GRAVINESE

Diego Gravinese is a visual artist, working mainly with oils and acrylics on canvas. His recent work deals with the possibility of finding the transcendental in the mundane and lay at the intersection of the narrative of the history of painting and his visions of the inner landscape, especially those worlds revealed during his experiences with sacred paints.

Gravinese lives and works in Buenos Aires, where he studied at the Prilidiano Pueyrredon Fine Arts School, and with painter Ana Eckell at the beginning of the 90s.

Gravinese has held solo shows at Ruth Benzacar Gallery (Buenos Aires), De Chiara Stewart Gallery (New York),  ZavaletaLAb Gallery (Buenos Aires) and SlyZmud Gallery (Buenos Aires), among other spaces and Museums in both cities. 

He participated in numerous group shows since 1992, in museums like the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, the National Fine Arts Museum (Argentina); art fairs like Miami ArtBasel, ARCO (Spain), ARTBO (Colombia), ArteBA (Buenos Aires), the Porto Alegre Biennale (Brazil), the Milano Triennale (Italia). Gravinese's work has been featured in many exhibitions in cities like Madrid, NY, Venice, Berlin, Miami, Praga, El Cairo, among others.

Gravinese has appeared in magazines like Art Nexus, Art Review, Time Out NY, NY Press, Elle, Vogue, and many others. 

During his residency at the VAR Program, Diego used the space to explore the use of lighter materials, like watercolors, gouaches, color pencils, and charcoals. And with these unusual mediums (to him). Diego created a series of drawings inspired by his journeys to the transcendental realms, evoking the souls of those who once inhabited or visited the mythical ferryboat (Alan Watts, Jean Varda, Allen Ginsberg, Terence McKenna, Ram Dass, among others). He came to the residency to explore that possibility and to see how the environment (life on the boat, daily dialogue with fellow artists and a more minimal studio) would influence his work. Always with the aim of making the invisible landscape, visible.  

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LUCIA ANANDA

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LUCIA ANANDA

Lucia Ananda  (Buenos Aires, 1989) is a visual artist, filmmaker, and photographer with a background in astrology and sacred geometry.
Lucia's work has been featured at the MVMA Video Music Awards (Berlin, 2015): La Langosta , MAC Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile, 2015): Poetics on Video, MAMM Museum of Modern Art of Medellin (2013): Celestial Twins and Trino, and SlyZmud Gallery: Fractalia an installation for Diego Gravinese's show (Buenos Aires, 2013).

She is currently studying multimedia art at The National Art University (UNA) in Buenos Aires. Since 2012 Lucia works at TRINO, a video production company that she co-founded. 

While in residence,  Lucia focused on bringing to this plane natural subtle and mysterious magical experiences, as faithfully as possible, translating what we feel and cannot say or talk about.

In Lucia's words:

As we change our assemblage point, we also change our way of perceiving and deciphering our reality. Can poetry in video get us closer to the remembrance of that sacred space, that lost paradise, inside us all? Meanwhile, in a twin cloud, the final question would be: can I take all the love I received from nature and return it through the lens I’ve been given?

Learn more about Lucia's art here: http://www.linfaologramma.com/ 

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ANGEL OLOSHOVE

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ANGEL OLOSHOVE

Angel Oloshove is a Texas-based sculptor working primarily in ceramics. She studied Painting and Drawing at California College of the Arts, San Francisco and worked as in toy design and graphic design in Tokyo.

Her work has been exhibited widely in Houston and around the US at venues like the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Art Palace Gallery, HJ Gallery, and the Menil Bookstore and has appeared in national and international publications like ArtForum, It's Nice That, and Visual 404.  She was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Artadia Award, and is a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. 

Angel's work often experiments with painterly glazes to express feelings of transcendental experiences through form and color.

During the Varda Artist Residency, Angel she explored modular abstract forms and created two metaphysical memorial piece and dream vessels to hold the sunrise and sunset. 

http://www.angeloloshove.com/

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SARAH K BENNING

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SARAH K BENNING

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Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice (primarily splitting her time between the U.S. and Spain). Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies.  

Shortly after graduating in 2013, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery almost by accident and the hobby quickly turned into her full-time career. Sarah currently works out of a quiet studio in New Hampshire.

Though Sarah's formal training and background are in the fine arts, she is self-taught in the craft of embroidery.  She approaches each piece primarily as an illustration, often abandoning traditional stitches and techniques in favor of bold shapes, playful patterns, and contemporary subject matter.  Her emphasis on drawing, composition, and color choice keeps her work fresh and vibrant.

Sarah’s work is inspired by interior design trends, a love for Midcentury design, antique textiles, and her own potted plant collection.   Each piece begins as a drawing before being meticulously hand-stitched.  In this way, the thread become more like ink or paint than traditional embroidery, which accentuates the bold shapes, patterns, and color in the compositions.

Over the course of several years and lots of trial and error, Sarah has developed a very distinct embroidery style and aesthetic.  In addition to exhibiting and selling finished pieces, Sarah shares her love of embroidery through a monthlyPattern Program and occasionally teaches workshops and master classes. 

During her time at VAR, Sarah gathered inspiration from the boat, the surrounding environment in Sausalito, and the resources of the Bay Area. Through daily drawing, planning, and stitching her surroundings Sarah will collected images and resources that will continue to influence her work for the coming months even beyond her residency term.

http://sarahkbenning.com/ 

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WINNIE TRUONG

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WINNIE TRUONG

Winnie Truong is an artist working with paper-cut collage drawings using coloured pencil. Her recent works have focused on fusing elements of nature with the female body to create new living objects, environments, and psychological entities.

Truong lives and works in Toronto, where she received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design’s drawing and painting program. Truong is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council visual arts grants and is the recipient W.O. Forsythe award, the 401 Richmond Career Launcher prize, and the BMO 1st! Art Award for Ontario, through which she exhibited at the MOCCA. Winnie has exhibited internationally in galleries across Toronto, LA, and Copenhagen and in New York where she was featured at VOLTA, NY Art Fair. Her work has been published in numerous art publications, including the cover of Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, and Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing. Her work is in the collection of The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, and Bank of Denmark.
 

During her residency at the VAR program, Winnie called new inspiration from her experiences living on the houseboat and observing the local flora and fauna. Through a labour-intensive process of cutting, drawing and playing, she worked on an ongoing series of drawings that disrupt the idealized female form and playfully examine the parallels between anatomy and botany, grooming and landscaping.

http://winnietruong.com/

 

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KRISTIN TEXEIRA

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KRISTIN TEXEIRA

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Kristin Texeira was born in Massachusetts. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010 with distinction and departmental honors. She has had the opportunity to partake in residencies in the states and abroad such as the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency through MICA in Brittany and the Golden Foundation Artist Residency in New Berlin, NY. Texeira has exhibited on both coasts and in Europe and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


I paint to provide proof—for myself and others—of existing in certain moments in time. I paint to capture, document, and preserve memories. I translate the essence of moments through color by mixing up the poetics of people and places. I retell stories through painting and writing to preserve memories as tangible Color how I decipher new places when traveling, and the people I meet along the way. Through color I am trying to remedy nostalgia; my paintings are the vessels that ferry viewers back in time, so they can encounter a moment again and again.
Around seven years ago, I was rummaging through the stacks of an old bookstore in Massachusetts where I found an out-of print magazine with a holographic cover called VOYAGE. Inside I discovered an article about a painter living and working on a houseboat. His worked seemed to be inspired and intertwined with the light and color that reflected off the water around him. I cut out his picture, pasted it in my sketchbook and made a note to myself, “live and paint on a houseboat”.
Being a part of the Varda Residency experience is an amazing opportunity to live out this dream of mine – to be influenced by the light on the water and to absorb the stories of others who are also drawn to this way of life.

http://www.kristintexeira.com/

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RACHEL LORD

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RACHEL LORD

Rachel Lord is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her most recent solo show, Safeworld, at The Composing Rooms in Berlin;  featured large format black and white paintings that depicted the gray area between scientific and spiritual discourse, historical speculation and global psyops.

A common thread is the use of cartoon language to create an ideogrammatic shorthand that compares the relationships of these theories to other common assumptions about reality.

At Varda Artists Residency, she has been exploring numeral and it’s relation to numerology as well as sketching ideas for a cycle of dances about failure she will present upon her return in the winter. 

http://www.rlord.org/

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FIONA CLARK

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FIONA CLARK

VAR PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH ARTSPACE, NEW ZEALAND

Fiona Clark, For Fantastic Carmen, Artspace 2016. Photograph by Sam Hartnett

Fiona Clark, For Fantastic Carmen, Artspace 2016. Photograph by Sam Hartnett

Fiona was born in Taranaki, and currently lives and works in Tikorangi. She works with biographical elements, photographing and documenting individuals, communities and spaces. Central to her practice are the committed relationships she establishes with her subjects that, in turn, inform her complex portrayals of people and places. 

Fiona’s long-term investigation into the politics of gender and body image was at the centre of Artspace’s THE BILL. The season launched with the solo exhibition For Fantastic Carmen, (February 20 – March 12, 2016) that expanded into the group exhibition For Collective Unconscious, (March 12 – April 22, 2016).

Fiona is also a central member of Friends of Waitara River Inc. which campaigns to ensure the Waitara River, surrounding waterways, land and coastline are protected from waste generated by the oil and gas industry operating in Taranaki. Their work was recognised when they were named the Seaweek Ocean Champions for 2016. 

While at VAR Program, the history of environmental activism in California and its political and geographic reality will provide Fiona a different context in which to engage in the environmental crisis conversation through the production of new work. Fiona states "I have seen Tikorangi become the most heavily exploited gas field in New Zealand, documenting these changes to my turangawaewae. The US state of Marin county has banned fracking. This residency will give me the chance to experience a place that holds a parallel personal family history dating from 1886. At the same time, I will be able to sleep, listen and work on ground that has never been fracked, where aquifers are listed as protected. Above all, a place which has turned its back on allegiance to the fossil fuel industry, listening instead to the voices discussing climate crisis".
 

http://www.fionaclark.com/

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KRISTIN REGER

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KRISTIN REGER

Kristin Reger's costume made at Varda Artists Residency.

Kristin Reger's costume made at Varda Artists Residency.

Kristin Reger is a visual and performance artist with a background in textiles and fashion theory. Her work explores the complex relationship of bodies and space, and to question the limits of where one construct ends or beings.

Her most recent work consists of abstract costumes, which function as assemblages on the body. She is interested in how costumes negating the representation of face, body, or other anthropomorphic features become otherworldly entities. Her work employs garment construction, movement systems, and sculpture and drawing to create a diverse installation, performance, and video works.

Kristin Reger (b.1984, Chicago, USA) received a Master of Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico and participated in the Education Program at SOMA in Mexico City. She also has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Art, Design and Spanish from DePaul University, Chicago. She has exhibited with Casa Maauad, SOMA Mexico, Recess New York, Panoply Performance LaboratoryBrooklyn, The Textile Arts Center Brooklyn, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and The Museum of Sex New York as well as at NADA New York, Zona MACO and Material Art Fair.

Kristin lives and works in Mexico City.

While at Varda Artists Residency, Kristin worked on drawn visualizations of costumes for future projects, new video work, and textile experiments, as influenced by the textural architecture of the houseboat and its surroundings.

http://gallery.kristinreger.com/

All photos are taken by Erea Azurmendi http://www.ereaazurmendi.com/ 

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DAVID COLOSI

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DAVID COLOSI

David Colosi playing the saxophone.  Photo credit: Erea Azurmendi 

David Colosi playing the saxophone.  Photo credit: Erea Azurmendi 

3D printed Poly made at Stochastic Labs in Berkeley. http://stochasticlabs.org/

3D printed Poly made at Stochastic Labs in Berkeley. http://stochasticlabs.org/

David Colosi makes Three-Dimensional Literature. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, France, Japan, Germany and Switzerland and has participated in various national and international residency programs.

During his stay at Varda Artists Residency, David used his time to research a new project about immortality and unrequited love in a post-singularity cybernetic and transgenic future considering the self-embalming practices of the Sokushinbutsu and merging the narrative strategies of Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. He used the boat as a vessel for time travel and played the saxophone in secret places. 

David Colosi playing the saxophone. Photo credit: Erea Azurmendi http://www.ereaazurmendi.com/ 

David Colosi playing the saxophone.

Photo credit: Erea Azurmendi http://www.ereaazurmendi.com/ 

He is also finalizing the design of a collection of short stories titled Strange Things That Boys Do and his second collection of poetry titled Some Whacko Throwing Darts At A Beehive. David's writing has appeared in Intercourse, Konch, The LA Times and From Totems To Hip-Hop: A Multi-Cultural Anthology of Poetry Across The Americas.

His first collection of poems, Laughing Blood, was published by Left Hand Books, and he is also the author of Miss Pumpernickel Bread, Towards A Three-Dimensional Literature Part 1, and Letters to Poly which has been exhibited at the FRAC in Bretagne and Musee des Morlaix in France. In 2009 David received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Art Award, and he hosts a radio show on Clocktower.org.

http://davidcolosi.com/ 

Photo credit: Erea Azurmendi http://www.ereaazurmendi.com/  

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EREA AZURMENDI

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EREA AZURMENDI

Self portrait of Erea. 

Self portrait of Erea. 

Erea Azurmendi is a fashion, lifestyle & travel photographer from Madrid.

Erea comes from a family of artists, architects, and photographers, which inspired her to explore the world with a camera.

Erea finds beauty in all small things in life, and for her, photography is the best way to capture it.

Erea works with Antonio Terron, an established Spanish fashion photographer, who is now her mentor. Some of her previous clients have been: VITRA, Olympus, Vice, COS and Fujifilm among others. And she has published her work in magazines such as Freunde von Freunden, Neo2 and Haven.

During her time in the residency, she focused on making fashion and lifestyle collaborations with Bay Area artists and makers, as well as working with VAR Program AiR Thea Bebe and Pansyco. Erea also documented a visual diary of her memories in the boat. 

http://www.ereaazurmendi.com/

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THEA BLOCKSIDGE

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THEA BLOCKSIDGE

Thea practices slow, artisanal processes exploring the junctions between Fashion and Art together with thoughtful, conscious and resourceful design. Her hands carefully source, dissect and recreate found materials with a very experimental approach combining her skills in clothing and textile  production and manipulation with visual art techniques. Thea is also a freelance art director and has contributed styling work in magazines including I-D, Fashion Journal, Oyster, Catalogue, Contributor, Teeth, Pitch Zine, Ladies of Leisure, Aevoe…  as well as various other collaborations with photographers and  stores.

During her stay Thea worked on various collaborative photo shoots with local designers and stores around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thea also worked on new weaving techniques exploring the process of breaking down old fabrics and clothing into yarn and re-weaving them into something new and useful. Thea also hopes to create a  capsule collection through the utilisation of discarded American sportswear.

 http://theabebe.tumblr.com/

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SAMUEL FELLER

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SAMUEL FELLER

Samuel Feller is a filmmaker based in Brussels. Through his films, he visually questions the ambivalent feelings and the invisible expectations of individuals in a quest for intimacy. In remote landscapes, his characters are confronted by their complexity and interact with each other while being influenced by the natural environment.

He wrote and directed short films selected and awarded in International film festivals. PASSENGERS, a previous short, was selected at the Cambridge Film Festival, Odense Film Festival (Denmark) and broadcast on TSR (Switzerland) and RTBF (Belgium). His last short film FOREST was premiered at Montreal World Film Festival and received the best performance award at Amarcort Film festival (Italy) and broadcast on TV5 Monde.

Samuel set up his own Production Company, Magellan Films, producing shorts and co-producing documentaries and feature films.

He’s currently developing a short, while writing his first feature. At Varda Artists Residency, Samuel intends to go forward on this project and his own visual storytelling style.

Learn more about Samuel here: https://twitter.com/samuelfeller

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BODIL JANE

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BODIL JANE

Bodil Jane working at Varda Artists Residency

Bodil Jane working at Varda Artists Residency

Bodil Jane is an illustrator from Amsterdam.

She graduated with honors from Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, specializing in illustration (2014).

Bodil Jane loves to illustrate food, recipes, animals, fashion, interiors, plants, packages and maps. All of her illustrations are created by hand, using mostly ink and watercolors. Some of her clients are ELLE, Semi Permanent, Air Canada, Lee Jeans, among others. 

Photos taken by Bodil Jane while in residence at VAR PROGRAM. https://www.instagram.com/bodiljane/

Similarly to her Rome research trip, while in Sausalito, Bodil will document everything she sees and experiences. By drawing themes that are new to her, she wishes to achieve a deeper understanding of the local history. 

 

Learn more about Bodil Jane here: http://bodiljane.com/ 

 

THE SACRED HEART 2016 / Series of illustrations and patterns inspired by traditional Mexican folk art. All illustrations are made during a stay at Varda Artists Residency in Sausalito, California. 

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JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON

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JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, sculpture and performance. Her work is devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space.

She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University in 2011. She has had recent solo shows at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Western Front, Eli Ridgway Gallery and Queens Nails Projects and has exhibited at ICA London, Machine Project, Et Al Etc., CULT Exhibitions and Mills College Art Museum.

Jacqueline has received a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, two Center for Cultural Innovation Grants and has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Drawing and Painting, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Djerassi and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.  As a member of the collective, 0th, she has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. She has performed with Laetitia Sonami and is also a member of DLS Solutions.

During her stay at the residency, Jacqueline Kiyomi focused on researching the installation and performance that will take place at The Lab in San Francisco in October 2016.

http://jacquelinegordon.net/

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SIMMONE HOWELL

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SIMMONE HOWELL

Photo: Rodger Cummins

Simmone Howell is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Through her writing she explores outsiders, identity and belonging, teenage mythologies and sub-cultures. 

Simmone’s novels have been published in the US, UK, Germany and Brazil. Notes from the Teenage Underground was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Everything Beautiful was a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Best Writing and Girl Defective was shortlisted for the 2014 Prime Ministers Award for Young Adult Literature and the Davitt Awards for Female Crime fiction. Her non-fiction regularly features in periodicals and journals. In addition to writing, Simmone teaches at RMIT University and produces creative workshops that utilise zines, maps and ‘self-as-source’ for schools and community groups. She is a Stella Schools ambassador, promoting Australian women’s writing in high schools around the country.

Simmone Howell is travelling as part of Melbourne’s  UNESCO City of Literature Office Travel Fund initiative. 

www.simmonehowell.com

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