Samina Islam

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Samina Islam

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Samina Islam is a multidisciplinary artist working with mixed medium containing needlework. Her recent works have focused on identity of self and abstraction of nature. She lives and works in Karachi, where she received a Fine Art diploma. She has participated in several artist residencies where she has worked on projects inspired by the surroundings and culture of the country.

She has exhibited in Pakistan and internationally. She also took part in the first Art Biennale held in Karachi in 2017. Her work has been used as cover art by “Audien” an American DJ, record producer and musician nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Her work has been featured in Numinous magazine and Take on Art magazine (India).


During her residency at the VAR program, Samina Islam will be creating a body of work inspired by the nature in her surroundings. She will be exploring her ideas through photography, short videos, small mixed media pieces and textile sculptures which can be part of a land installation.

http://www.saminaislam.com

https://www.instagram.com/samina.islam_/


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Rosanna Tasker

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Rosanna Tasker is an illustrator working with gouache, pencil and handmade papers. Her recent works have focused on botanical and figurative themes, with particular emphasis on positive human interaction with nature. Rosanna lives and works in Bristol (UK), where she received a Bachelor of Arts Illustration Degree with first class honours.

Rosanna works as a freelance illustrator on a variety of commissions, with a particular passion for editorial and publishing projects. Clients include The Guardian, The New York Times, The Scout Association, Corriere Della Sera, Heart Research UK, Tangent Books, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.

During her residency at the VAR program, Rosanna hopes to reconnect with her unbridled creativity away from the confines of commissioned work; to explore the joy of the uncontrolled creative journey and expand her artistic process outside of her comfort zone.



Website: www.rosannatasker.com



Instagram: @rosannatasker.illustration



Online Interview and photostory: https://www.irinasilviu.com/together-and-sunspell-stories/rosanna-tasker-illustrator-bristol

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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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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 work 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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Tavi Gevinson

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Tavi Gevinson is a writer and actor. She founded the online magazine Rookie in 2011, and edited the site for seven years, along with their five print anthologies. Gevinson has acted in plays on and off-Broadway, in the films Enough Said and Person to Person, and on TV shows like Scream Queens and The Simpsons. She's written for publications like The BelieverELLE, and Poetry

She is now working on a book about the internet and theater.

Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr is a video and sound artist, with a focus on mystical perceptions and improvisational performances.

Composing real-time art with the use of ceremonial drums and ancestral voice cultivation techniques.

She currently works on experimental raw collages from her travels, to navigate into the poetics of the human mind, body and spirit. Mapping intimate and fragmented memories into lucid soundscapes.

Fabiana is the author of Silent Dust, a contemplative-ritualistic dance performed during Burning Man 2017. The piece reflects on the deepest aspects of the human experience.

Her short film Lost in the Dust, has been presented at the Mexico Fashion Film Festival as part of the official selection.
During the Varda residency, Fabiana will focus on designing spatial sound and light installations to compose real-time performances of generative music. Inviting the participants to become the artist, while being surrounded by Cymatic patterns of water-light reflections. At the same time, she plans to adapt selected poems into sound and movement meditative rituals.

https://www.alagua.mx/art/






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Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera’s sculptures combine seemingly disparate elements into interwoven, hybrid forms that call into question the hierarchies around which human life is ordered. The shapes and surfaces in her work recall animals, natural phenomena and the broad miscellany of human life, while deeply familiar, their arrangement subverts the framework in which their familiarity was established. This work offers views into a world of fluid borders in which intangible connections between living/dead, animate/inanimate, place, self and other are expressed in the material language of clay, fiber, and mixed media.

Ako Castuera is a Southern California native also known for her work as a storyboard artist and writer on animated television shows such as ‘Adventure Time’, for which she received a Peabody Award in 2015 as a member of the story team. She has sustained a concurrent independent art practice, exhibiting in galleries in the U.S. as well as the Oakland Art Museum, the Japanese American Museum, the Honolulu Museum, the Smithsonian Asian Latino Pop-up Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

During her stay at VAR, Ako will pursue a thematic continuation of her recent body of work, “Temple of the Worms” an offering of thanks to the soil from which clay, her primary material, is drawn.  Ceramic fragments made over the course of the last 5 years will be reimagined as seeds to be planted in other mediums, such as drawings and textile projects. The proximity to Angel island, where two of Ako’s great-grandparents were processed and detained as immigrants from Okinawa will inform the idea of planting seeds in overlapping cultural, geographical, and biological ground.

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

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 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 big impact on her view of art making and crafts, placing creativity as a source for ritual


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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline Kaufman’s work investigates craft as it relates to human relationships. A visceral process-based practice with fiber explores the interaction between color, texture, and pattern. This process considers the unconscious ways we create as children, investigating how these childlike unadulterated ideas develop through community and aesthetic influence.

Through her art, Caroline examines nostalgia, childhood methods of creating, and the way in which memory shape shifts over time. Caroline taps into her synesthesia as well as an instinctual relationship with color to translate daydreams into abstract color patterns. Each piece is composed by painting with fiber — weaving and knitting layers of yarn through fabric — allowing the material and color process to dictate the design.

Recently, this practice has expanded by experimenting with a new piece of equipment: an antique tufting gun. At Varda, Caroline will use this tool to knot fiber through a monks cloth backing on a large frame loom, taking her love of ‘painting with yarn’ to a new level. The tufting process uses a large amount of material. In an effort to minimize waste, most of the materials used come from the dead-stock of several local factories.

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Harriet Lee-Merrion Returning Artist

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Harriet Lee-Merrion Returning Artist

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Harriet Lee-Merrion is a British illustrator. Her work is rendered in a wash of pastel colours and delicate black lines influenced by botanical engravings, surrealism and Japanese woodblock prints, often depicting dream like and surreal imagery.

She has worked with international clients including Google, TED, The Guardian, Bloomsbury and The New York Times, while her work has also been exhibited internationally in New York, London and Berlin. She is the recipient of a 3x3 International Illustration Award for Editorial Illustration and in 2016 was awarded a Distinguished Artist Scholarship by VYT.

Harriet’s work has been featured in It's Nice That, Together & Sunspell (Interview), Socks Studio, Access Art, Juxtapoz and Booooooom among others.

Harriet has been represented by Heart agency since 2014, she lives and works in Bristol, in the South West of England and has been working as an illustrator since graduating from Falmouth Arts University in 2013.

Instagram: @harrietleemerrion

Twitter: @hleemerrion

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Yelena Bryksenkova

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Yelena Bryksenkova

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Yelena Bryksenkova is an illustrator and fine artist working primarily with acryla gouache. Her work is inspired by quiet moments and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Yelena studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Yelena has illustrated various books for children and adults, most recently The Happiness Passport by Megan C. Hayes and Light Filters In, a book of poetry by Caroline Kaufman. She is currently working on a picture book biography of Mary Shelley. Her publishing and editorial clients include Chronicle Books, Abrams, Penguin Random House and the New York Times.  

During her residency at VAR, she plans on keeping a visual diary about her month in Northern California with the objective of re-discovering the habit of drawing for pleasure. She also plans to use the time and space provided by the residency to collect ideas for an illustrated book of her own.


For more info, visit https://www.yelenabryksenkova.com/


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Josh Lynch

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Josh is a writer and poet working with words. His recent works have focused on the relationship between the depth of meditation practice and the emergence of creative thought. Josh lives and works in Melbourne, where he has co-founded A—SPACE, Australia’s first multi-disciplinary meditation studio.

Josh’s words have been featured in Oyster Magazine and Condition World.

During his residency at the VAR program, Josh plans to create the creative backbone of a book entitled ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Nothing: An inquiry into the still movement of words’

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Ai Makita Returning Artist

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Ai Makita Returning Artist

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Ai Makita is an artist working with oil painting and digital media. Her recent works have focused on making organic images by using inorganic motifs such as metal. She sometimes uses optical illusion in her painting.


Ai Makita lives and works in Tokyo, where she received a MFA from Tokyo Art University.
Ai Makita is a recipient of 18th Taro Okamoto Award 2015, she won a grant from Pola Art foundation and participated in Residency Unlimited 2017. Ai Makita has exhibited in Consulate General of Japan in New York in May 2017, she was featured in Fuji Sankei Communications at the time.


During her residency at the VAR program, Ai Makita will deepen the idea of the relationship between the organic and inorganic by combining the reflections of metallic objects and seascape in her painting.

You can read an interview featuring Ai Makita here: http://leafbox.com/post/182585461040/interview-ai-makita

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Aditi Machado

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Aditi Machado

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Aditi Machado is a poet and translator. Her books include Some Beheadings (Nightboat, 2017; recipient of The Believer Poetry Award 2018) and a translation, from the French, of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action, 2016). She is also the author of the chapbooks Prologue | Emporium (Garden-Door, 2018), This Touch (Belladonna*, 2018), Route: Marienbad (Further Other Book Works, 2016), and The Robing of the Bride (Dzanc, 2013).

Her writing is engaged with landscape, haptic imagery, historical prosodies, and translation. Originally from Bangalore, India, presently she lives in Saint Louis, USA, where she is the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Washington University. During her residency at the VAR program, she plans to work on her second poetry manuscript, Emporium, which reimagines the silk route as a twenty-first-century journey of eroded market desires. She also hopes to rejuvenate previous commitments to thinking with the landscape here on the American west coast, to which she has never been until now.






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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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Natalie Rogers

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Natalie Rogers

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Natalie Rogers is a writer working on a novel and a series of personal essays. Her recent works have focused on the ways people heal from trauma.Natalie lives and works in Denver, where she is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing.

She is a recipient of a AHSS Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Denver. Her writing has previously appeared online at Narrative and Juked, and an excerpt of her novel is forthcoming from Action, Spectacle later this fall. During her residency at the VAR program, Natalie plans to complete an essay describing how her grandparents’ mistakes continue to haunt her family.


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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.

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Feature by Curated by Girls

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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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Esther Mirjam Griffioen

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Esther Mirjam Griffioen is originally from Holland but currently living in Brittany, France.

She studied theatre science at the University of Utrecht and worked in Paris with the French storyteller Henri Gougaud. She has been a storyteller herself for twenty years now and a therapeutic harpist (CTHP from International Harp Therapy Program, San Diego, CA) for ten years. As such she is working with cancer patients during their chemotherapy, in palliative care services and with seniors who have Alzheimer's disease. For the latest group, she developed a “method,” mixing traditional story and music.

As a dreamer, she has been much interested in symbols, archetypes and their primal vibrations since her teens. Her work in the therapeutic field and passions lead to workshops in cooperation with cymatic expert Jeff Volk

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Having noticed that her therapeutic practice influences profoundly the way she accompanies other storytellers and poets with her harp and knowing from experience that the vibration of the music “carries” the words and opens up different worlds, she dreamt for long of making a solo performance in this sense but never found the time to do so. During the Varda Residency, she will be working on putting music to her favorite stories and train her brain to tell and play at the same time.

The two months will permit her to define herself more precisely as a performing artist and to work on a website.

Besides that, she would like to finish her second cd “Merisier, j’étais” she recorded last Autumn.  The cd will be accompanied by a booklet in French and English explaining what’s harp therapy about. The music is based on improvisations that came to life during therapeutic sequences in hospitals and is the departure point of the explanations.

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AMANDA KORDAL

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AMANDA KORDAL

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Mandy Kordal is a designer working and living in Brooklyn NY since her graduation from the University of Cincinnati DAAP in 2009. She has worked for ready to wear designers such as Trovata, JCrew, and Doori. After learning the ropes and discovering her passion for knitwear, she decided to buy her first knitting machine and create her own collection entitled Kordal Studio, where quality and ethical manufacturing are an integral part of the brand.

Mandy is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Brooklyn Fashion Design Accelerator program, a past Artist in Residence at the Textile Arts Center, and an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.

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Mandy exhibited at Invisible Dog Gallery in 2012 and her company Kordal Studio has been featured in The New York Times, German Vogue, Nylon Magazine, Timeout New York, Refinery29, and WWD.

During her residency at the VAR program, Mandy plans to begin a body of work using post-consumer materials such as fabric scraps, yarn, and trims to create speculative prototypes, bridging the gap between fashion design and activism.  Her hope is that these thought-provoking studies could then be incorporated into larger scale rugs and weavings; highlighting the beauty of recycled textiles while also fostering conversation around textile waste.

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