Marta Cascales Alimbau

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Marta Cascales Alimbau

Marta Cascales Alimbau is a pianist and composer.

Her recent works have focused on composing chamber music, solo piano pieces and collaborating with other artistic disciplines, especially dance. Also, lately she has found a new line of work exploring the possibilities of electroacoustic music and creative field recording.

Marta lives and works in Barcelona, where she received a Professional Music Qualification with a specialization in Piano from CMMB and a BA in Audiovisuals Communication from the Barcelona University. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in Composition and she’s being selected to study abroad at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Marta is a recipient of Best Original Soundtrack Award by Visual Sound and has just received a grant by SGAE Foundation to keep developing his musical knowledge at Taller de Músics Institution.

Marta has played a large number of piano concerts playing her own music in Barcelona, Madrid, Girona, Brussels Atlanta and San Francisco. She is also interested in fusing music with visuals, she has been commissioned by Leo Messi Foundation and the European Commission - among others -  to compose original music for audiovisuals.

Marta's music is influenced by Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Arvo Pärt, Ólafur Arnalds, Chad Lawson and Caroline Shaw. She strives to create beauty on simple line melodies and atmospheric musical textures; always looking for the subtlety and sonorities that “tells you something”.  

During her residency at the VAR program, Marta created music directly inspired by the SS Vallejo houseboat. She also recorded the sounds of the boat and the natural surroundings. All these sounds and noises will be edited, combined and fused with the melodic and beautiful timbre of the piano, creating a unique sound, where the music actually contains the elements that give life to SS Vallejo.  

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Carla Cascales Alimbau

Carla Cascales Alimbau is an artist working with Painting and sculpture. Her recent works have focused on the admiration for the natural, imperfect, mutable things.

Carla lives and works in Barcelona, where he received a Master's degree in Design. Cascales is a recipient of a Laus Design Award for Graphic Design.

Carla Cascales has exhibited her work at White Wall Barcelona (2017), The Makers Madrid (2017),  Espacio 88 Barcelona (2016),  MCAM Gallery Barcelona (2015), and WeArt Festival Barcelona (2014).

Carla Cascales has been featured in Generació Digital (Tv3), Play Cultura (Diari Ara), Metal Magazine,  Trendland,  Good2be, SeiyuArquitectura y Diseño,  Artnau, TheCreativeNet,  Joi d’Art, Joia Magazine, Athër Studio, Sight Unseen, Say hi to,  Fubiz, Gráffica, index book, Novum,  FvF  and UnderConsideration.

In her own words:

 

My intention for this residency is to find new creative inputs and a space of tranquility and peace to be able to work on diverse projects related to the materials that the environment of Sausalito offers us. The energy of the surroundings, the harmony of the water and my personal experience on the houseboat will inspire my works. The artworks produced during the residency will be sculptures based on pieces of wood and other materials found in the surroundings and paintings or drawings representing the color-scheme of this unique place. Next I will expound upon a little more about these projects I would like to create during the residency.
Much of my work is characterized by the use of recycled materials. My intention at the residency is to visit places nearby where ships are built, and get pieces of wood they don’t need anymore to be the base for my artworks. I would like to experiment creating volumes with the wood and painting color palettes on them. This is a path I want to deeply explore, to reuse materials that are still beautiful but not useful anymore and give them a second life.
Another path I would like to explore is to build small sculptures with stones or rocks of the surroundings and paint them with gradients of color and various geometric shapes representing the life on the boat, the boat shape. For example, one artwork could use a color and a geometric shape to express  the peace you feel opening your eyes early morning and looking at the water from your room.
I would also love to experiment painting on a mirror. Water is like a mirror, so since we will spend a month living in a creative oasis on the water, I would love play with a mirror and paint to represent this feeling.
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The stars fascinate me. From a city like Barcelona, where I live, it is very difficult to see them because of the light pollution but I am sure that from there it will be possible and a wonderful experience. I would like to make a series of paintings of stars and constellations on different materials such as wood, a mirror, and  stone that reflect how the night changes the landscape and the beauty of these little magical lights.
In the dossier I read on the website, you mention we can also continue projects we already started. There is a project I started in Barcelona but I never had the time to continue working on it. It consists on making geometric shapes composed of very fine and close lines. The set of lines create different shapes and give a very nice and calming effect. I would love to continue developing this project during my time at the residency.
The last personal project I have in mind for this residency is the construction of small stools. The base of the stool will be a metallic piece designed by Curro Claret. He is a very well known designer from Barcelona who made and commercialized a specific tool so everyone could build their own stool by just combining three legs and a seat. I would like to build them using recycled materials from the surroundings (wood, old furniture...)
Finally, I would also love to make collaborative projects with other artists from the residency and I would love to work at the metal works workshop Marin Made of Alec Shaw.

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Claire Ulenberg

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Claire Ulenberg has actively been involved in the visual art sector for 15 years, as a curator, arts writer, facilitator, and consultant.

Currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked in a range of roles in contemporary art spaces, managing commercial art galleries, artist run initiatives and not-for-profit arts organisations, both in Aotearoa, Italy (Venezia Biennale) and Australia.

Claire has a Masters of Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, where she also worked at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of Arts.

Claire is Curator of MESH Sculpture Hamilton and also manages the Pierre Peeters Gallery, Auckland, among other ongoing art projects.

During her residency at the VAR Program she exhibited historical protest photography and also worked on articles based on research findings of Artists residencies and cohabitation of creative people and the effect this has on the artist’s practice.  



 

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Hannah Gartside

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Hannah Gartside

Hannah Gartside is a visual artist and costume designer. In her practice she transforms fabric and everyday textiles using craft processes of wet-felting, garment pattern-making, and patchwork quilting. Her recent work focusses on materialising experiences of joyful erotic curiosity and tender care, through sculpture, photography and installation. 
 
Hannah lives in Melbourne, Australia where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture and Spatial Practice from Victorian College of Art, University of Melbourne. She also holds a BFA with Honours in Fashion Design from Queensland University of Technology. Hannah is a recipient of the Lou & Mary Senini Student Art Award from McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (2016) and a National Gallery of Australia Women’s Association Award (2016).

Hannah has exhibited at Craft Victoria, Metro Arts Gallery (QLD), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (WA), QUT Art Museum (QLD), Artisan Gallery (QLD),  Margaret Lawrence Gallery (VIC), George Paton Gallery (VIC), McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (VIC), Yarra Sculpture Gallery (VIC) and Wangaratta Art Gallery (VIC). 


She has been interviewed for Craft Victoria’s Craft TV, The Fashion Archives, and Vice Creators Series, and featured in Peppermint Magazine. 
 
Hannah’s residency was supported by a Moreland City Council Individual Development Grant.


www.hannahgartside.com
 

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Mildred K Barya

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Mildred K Barya

Mildred K Barya is a writer from Uganda currently teaching creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

Her publications include three poetry collections: Give Me Room to Move My Feet, 2009, The Price of Memory after the Tsunami, 2006, and Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say, 2002. She has also published poems in journals and anthologies such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly and Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 14, 2014. Besides poetry, her short stories include: Bless the Broken Path in Northeast Review, 2014, Black Stone in Per Contra, USA, 2012, Scars of Earth in “The African Love Stories” Anthology, by Ayebia Clarke, UK, 2006, Effigy Child by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, 2004, republished in “Gifts of Harvest” FEMRITE, 2006, Land of my Bones published in “Dreams, Miracles & Jazz” anthology, Picador, Africa, 2008 and Raindrops published in “Words From A Granary” FEMRITE anthology, 2001.

Mildred has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver - Colorado, MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University - New York and B.A in Literature from Makerere University, Uganda. She blogs at: http://mildredbarya.com/ and is an active board member of African Writers Trust (AWT).

During her residency, Mildred will worked on a hybrid project that combines poetry, nonfiction and travel narratives to explore the connections between leaving and living, migratory/diasporic themes such as alienation, estrangement, dislocation, loss, absence, nostalgia, while meditating on what it means to be at home in space and time, language, culture and the world at large.

 

 

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Ann B. Coddington

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Ann B. Coddington

Ann Coddington is a Professor at Eastern Illinois University Art Department teaching in Foundations and Graduate Studies. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in 1986.

Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at venues including: Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, and the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Over the past several years, Ann taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the National Basketry Organization conference, the San Diego Basketry Guild, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the University of Northern Texas. Coddington received an individual artist project grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2012. She also received an individual grant in 2000, and a finalist grant in 2004 and 2008.

She says of her work, “We live is a world of increasingly complex technologies that paradoxically, in their effort to connect us, instead separate and isolate us, removing us from authentic experience. As the world becomes more complex, I am driven to simplify. I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the materials. The slow building of one stitch upon stitch exists within an ancient time frame, virtually never experienced in the contemporary technological world.”

 Recent and upcoming exhibitions:

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  • All Things Considered IX. Juried exhibition, juror Lloyd Herman founding director of the Renwick Gallery in D.C. American Art Company Gallery, Tacoma, WA, Summer 2017.
  • Teapots: 11th Invitational. Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2017
  • Cedar Creek National Teapot Show 10. Invitational exhibition. Creedmoor, NC, Spring 2017. 
  • Residual Impact Jacoby Art Center. Alton, IL, October 11 to January 6, 2017. 
  • Rooted Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. Invitational three-year, traveling exhibition to Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Washington, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Catalogue and essays. Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain curators, 2017 - 2020.

Website: http://ux1.eiu.edu/~abcoddington/portfolio/

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VICTORIA SIEMER

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VICTORIA SIEMER

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Victoria Siemer, also known as Witchoria, is a visual designer who works within the digital realm, creating surreal photo manipulations that reflect her penchant for ennui, existential crisis, and heartbreak.  

Victoria lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in communication design from SUNY Buffalo.

She has exhibited at Satellite Art Fair, Guy Hepner Gallery, and Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, and recently spoke at the 2016 Adobe MAX conference on the topic of surreal photography. Her work has been featured in a variety of digital publications including Wired, Juxtapoz, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Ignant, and Business Insider.

While in residence, Victoria will focus on experimenting with her photo-manipulation technique by incorporating new digital and physical elements such as motion, 3D, Virtual Reality, textiles, polaroid film processes, and collage.

https://www.behance.net/witchoria

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RENATE LEVY

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RENATE LEVY

Renate Levy lives and works in Buenos Aires. She studied Graphic Design and Fine Arts at the Panamerican Art School (Buenos Aires), and lithography and graphic arts at the Edition Center of Buenos Aires, where she printed almost all of her latest works.

Since 1993, Levy has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in private and national galleries in Latin America and Europe. Renate also took part in diverse art events and fairs in Argentina and USA.

Her early works with oil on canvas are mostly colorful paintings which include some paper collages, where the texture modifies and gives structure to the surface. 

The recurrent concepts her work are chance, symbols, and phenomena.

While in residence, Renate will focus on the subject of chance, unpredictable encounters and findings, which compels her to be fully present in her new surroundings, including the special magic of her provisory home and waterfront landscape. The colourful lithographic printed papers she brought, will merge with who knows what: ¿objects? ¿papers? drawings or perhaps spirits…

Renate questions this so called reality and predictability by diving into uncertainty.

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CAROLINE KAUFMAN

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CAROLINE KAUFMAN


Caroline Kaufman is a New York City-based textile designer and fine artist. Originally from West Virginia, Caroline attended Pratt Institute, where she received her BFA in Fashion Design with a focus on textiles. Caroline currently lives and works in Brooklyn New York.

In 2014 Caroline started her studio practice, where she creates home and fashion textiles, as well as painted works on paper. Her work plays with the interaction between color, texture, and print. Caroline’s work finds a home in the space where art and design meet.  Her process begins by assembling color palettes, that turn into paintings. These color studies inform her textiles and design work. Caroline currently works out of a plant-filled studio she fondly named ‘The Park Slope Treehouse.

Caroline is a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She is often known for her use of color and intricate knitwear. She has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Frankie Magazine, to name a few.

 
At the Varda Artists Residency, Caroline plans on creating a collection of site-specific color based paintings. She will use her color intuition to create patterns that will serve as the inspiration for a new series of textiles. She also plans on experimenting with yarn to make some home wear, wall hangings, and fiber art.
 

http://www.carolinerosekaufman.com/

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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

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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.

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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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