Christine Herbert – U.K.
Christine Herbert is an abstract painter making large, dynamic, colourful paintings using layers of acrylic paint on canvas and linen which can be appreciated both from a distance but also worth looking at close up where you can see the, often delicate, layering of the paint.
The work is abstract and the impetus for it comes from her personal, emotional responses to our interactions as human beings both negatively and positively with the physical, social and political world in which we live. Often viewers are unaware of the subject of the paintings but enjoy both their physical presence and the feelings they evoke. Herbert has currently been working on a series of paintings that reflects both on aspects of our pollution of the oceans through our continued dependence on plastics and our spiritual connection to the planet through the yearly life cycle.her
Kim Van Rijn – New Zealand
At present, Kim Van Rijn straddles the line between art historian and art practitioner, which can be both liberating and infuriatingly muddling. By putting herself in a new environ, she believes she can establish a way for the photographer in her to live harmoniously with the writer; she seeks, by coming to Morocco, to establish a new way of working in which my art practice can inform my curatorial research, and vice versa. Where she is situated in the world, geographically, and the sensation of depth and isolation this often instills in her, are highly motivating factors behind both her research, and the photographs and art works she makes.
Physical space and the importance of place are deeply rooted sentiments in Van Rijn. The essence of the artists research and art is to form atmospheres, built up through pervading moods of physical and emotional space. This emphasis on space stems from her interest in memory, or traces thereof, and its record of built forms, landscapes, and sensory triggers. It is informed by the relative distance New Zealand has to the rest of the world, and the insight, naivety and creative food this geographic isolation offers. More generally, her research- and by extension, Van Rijn’s own photographic practice- seeks to explore the interrelationship of a creator with their work, in the context of their geographic and cultural surroundings. She yearns now to know a new place, in mood and vestment, with the same intimacy she has come to know New Zealand.
Julia White – U.K.
Barbara Ivković – Croatia
Barbara uses mostly acrylic and a range of other 2D mediums such as charcoal and ink, soft pastel to play and experimentation in her work. As a colorist, using bright vibrant colors and sometimes stain technique she applies abstract and figurative elements with an expressionistic style. Ivković often explores landscapes, where she feels the most motivated . She is currently working on a series titled’ Garden of Eden”.
This residency, Open AiR I will run for the month of September 2015.