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Austin Irving

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Austin Irving

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Austin Irving – VAR – Bio

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

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

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

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

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

austinirving.com

@austin.irving

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Seala Lokollo-Evans

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Seala Lokollo-Evans

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Seala Lokollo-Evans lives and works in Melbourne. 


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


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


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

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

〰️ Site https://sealalokollo.com/

〰️ Personal @Sealalokollo

〰️ Metal @lasea_______



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Ziemba

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Ziemba

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



Recent Press:


Teen Vogue

Vogue

Vogue

i-D x Chanel's The Fifth Sense

i-D

The FADER

Audiofemme



Videos:

Lips 2 Lips

Veritas in Terra

Ardis excerpt, live at MoMA Ps1

El Paso

The Relic is Right



Links:

www.ziembavision.com

www.ziemba.bandcamp.com

IG @ziembavision

Twitter @ziembavision

Facebook @theziemba

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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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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.

@crosekauf


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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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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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