Mariana Leal

Brazilian artist MARIANA LEAL (b.1980, Rio de Janeiro) works with her inner-energy iconography: an entourage which navigates along the places where she makes herself present, interacting with earthly elements. Her art poetically alludes to the background she’s acquired over years of exploring subtle and psycho-emotional domains.

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My works poetically allude to my ability to access subtle layers of human existence and to the experience of inhabiting a physical body, which functions as an interface for energy exchanges.

Some works refer to my own experiments of connection with the dimension of the sensible. Others invite the viewer / participant to make discoveries about their own psycho-emotional field.

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Dana Aber

Dana is a performer working on a musical solo-show, Baggage at the Door, an autobiographical focused on the end of a 7-year cycle of PTSD destruction and reconstruction. The personal traumas that caused my post-traumatic stress are specific (and almost unbelievable), but the understanding of trauma—and the recovery from it—is universally human, so I desired this show to be built through collaborative process with multiple female artists.

Abbey Anderson

An Oregon native, a traveler, and a whistlepig enthusiast who spends much of her time in search of the planet's finest produce and most beautiful landscapes. She holds a BA in studio art and creative writing from Humboldt State University and enjoys teaching art to folks of all ages in her current hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. Her artwork is mostly inspired by nature things, funny things, and things she encounters whilst on her daily constitutionals.

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My goal as an illustrator is to illuminate the loveliness and whimsy surrounding us at all times by identifying the extraordinary qualities of the ordinary—the “little things.” I believe in improving our daily routines through humor and imagination, and reminding ourselves how splendid it is to celebrate, partake, and connect with our present setting.

Ukhona Ntsali

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My work is influenced by my politics as a radical, inter-sectional. black, queer feminist who is raising and homeschooling two children. My performance art piece ukuzibuyisa: giving myself back to myself is an inter-generational conversation with my fore-mothers, myself and my daughter about the ways in which womxn are taught to give away or kill parts of themselves for the patriarchal world order to be maintained. The piece is a journey of realization, opting out and cleansing. Its a confrontation of inter-generational trauma and a ritual to end the cycle(s) and is required at regular intervals because healing is not a destination but a process.

Brigid Mcauliffe

Brigid McAuliffe explores the intersection of documentary and art. She makes photographs, video, music and ceramics to inquire and bring forward poetic stories of the everyday. She often presents these stories as short vignettes, and immersive installations, reflecting the significant yet ephemeral moments that form our lives.

My multimedia storytelling project will explore human connection, traditions and identity around food in the North Fork Valley.Food nurtures our bodies, and also deepens our connection to family, community and culture. This is true for all people regardless of our differences. Sharing a meal breaks down barriers, even for those that may not otherwise have a way to connect.
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Maria Velasco

María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the US since 1991. Her interdisciplinary work consists of site-specific environments, urban interventions, sculptural objects, and temporary public art commissions. Her work deals with issues of displacement, migration, gender identity, vulnerability, and the structures of authority that govern our lives. Velasco will create a suite of drawings in collaboration with her son Alex (9 yrs) exploring depth, humor, fantasy and intimacy in their respective worlds. Their combined drawings present a tender and poignant dynamic that will take the form of a limited edition portfolio and a public art project. 

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Ginny Kaczmarek

I am a writer, editor, and book reviewer for kids and adults. After earning an BA and an MFA in creative writing/poetry, I served as the poetry editor for Literary Mama and as a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews for several years. In my professional capacities, I sought out marginalized voices, embraced intersectional viewpoints, and strove to uphold a connected, supportive literary community. By July, I hope to be finishing a final edit of my current project, Secrets of the Wolf Girl. Final edits require a period of intense submersion so I can contemplate, and correct, the book as a whole, either on my own or with the guidance of an agent or editor. Submissions for contests, residencies, and open calls open in September, so I’d like to have a completed book ready by the end of the summer, normally not possible when the kids are home and bored.

Secrets of the Wolf Girl

This deeply researched historical fantasy novel is based around a real 16th century family famous throughout Europe for their bizarre appearance. Because the father was covered with hair from head to toe but the mother was not, literary historians believe their marriage may have been the inspiration for Beauty and the Beast.

My interest is in their twelve-year-old daughter Francesca, hairy like her father, and her seventeen-year-old brother Paulo, not hairy like their mother. Caught in a time when superstitions about monsters and magic overlap new ideas about humanism and science, what will they do when their family is torn apart by forces beyond their control?

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Eric McMaster

My works often involve athletes or performers that are jolted in some way, be it environmental, situational, and/or through an interaction with an object. A situation is created, a group or person with heighten proprioception attempts, and the resulting relics, documentation, and/or related objects take the form of an exhibition. In general, I am interested in disrupting expectation. Multi-channel installations are used to take media that is usually experienced from a singular source and disperse it. Live performances take similar routes, using the architecture of the venue to displace musicians.

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Ellen Pierce

Ellen Shattuck Pierce grew up in Vermont and moved to Boston to pursue her art. She received her Ed.M in Arts Education from Harvard and her MFA from York University in Toronto. She settled in Boston where she teaches art to elementary students and works in her studio.

The crazy-making of living with and raising small children is the subject of my work. I work on a small scale at the kitchen table. My boys’ nap-time is my time to fantasize and to enter a parenting fantasy-land, where I am free to be spiteful, self-pitying, violent and selfish: emotions that generally run contrary to motherhood. The obsessive thinking regarding a newborn’s eating, sleeping and breathing, and the repetition of daily routine is represented by intricate patterning and compositions that have little breathing room. Figures, who are portrayed as overwhelmed or vengeful in the “loving” act of preparing food, battle with human-sized kitchen utensils. These representations are at odds with the generally recognized ideals of 21st Century American homemaking.
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Bonnie Auslander

I'm a poet and essayist originally from Washington, D.C., now living with my family in the little mountain town of Lyons, Colorado; my poems have appeared in FIELD,  Sweet, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. I took first place in the Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2016 ethno-poetry contest. I teach communication strategy in CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

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Dwellings of the World

All have roofs.

not the reed hut of the Beri

keep it open to the stars

All have walls.

not the thatched shelter of the Yagua

scent of dark earth wild lily

All have floors.

yes even this bit of earth our homeless neighbor squats on

weaving a nest of plastic and downed wire

M. J. Hernandez

Madeline Hernandez is an artist originally from San Antonio with a Hispanic background. She received a BFA in painting from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX, May 2018. She is currently pursuing an MFA with a concentration in painting from Texas Tech University located in Lubbock, TX.

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Sahar Fattahi

I was born and raised in Talesh, Iran and studied art for my BFA and MFA in Tehran. I taught art and exhibited my works before my immigration to the US. Having lived in Oregon and Texas has given me a great opportunity to connect with the western art. During my residency at Elsewhere Studio, I would like to work on painting/sculptures with fabric. I reference the concept of power oven women in social structures that has generated gender roles. The artworks will suspend in gallery or other environments and challenge the viewers’ perception of painting as a flat surface.

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Sylvie Mayer

Sylvie Mayer is a painter interested in shifting relationships and periods of transition. Influenced by dance, she enjoys making while on the move and depicting action. Through drawing, line, and layers, she pieces elements of her immediate surroundings together to form fractured narratives. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 and moved to Colorado shortly after.

Erica Tucceri

Erica is a multi-award winning flutist, improviser, band leader and composer from Australia. Passionate about new and improvised music, she utilizes flutes and electronics in her practice, and is best known to international audiences for her work in the jazz, electronic and world music scenes with bands such as WVR BVBY, Z*F*E*X and Billy Davis.

Katleen Clé

Born and raised in Belgium, Clé has a Masters Degree in Sculpture and Spatial Art from Sint Lucas Antwerp. In 1995, someone gave her a camera, and she started taking pictures. Together with a background in fashion and set design, three dimensional installations often shape her aesthetic. Her work has been featured in ad campaigns commissioned by Trix music, theatre magazine Open Doek Center and in print and online music media.

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“Desolation, glumness and melancholy that's a topic from my one life and you can find it back in all my work.”

Derek Martin

Martin is a site-specific artist based out of: New York (Montauk & NYC) as well as Braddock, PA working in: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, sound and video. He has amassed solo, two-person and group shows nationally and internationally, taking his practice abroad to: Poland, Germany, London, Egypt, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and throughout the U.S. His current work investigates the phenomena of human creativity drawing from ancient practices to modern techniques to inspire and help re-cultivate our relationship to the environment.

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“How we treat our planet is how we face our future.”

As an artist, I create in hopes of continuing the dialogue of creative expression our species has had with the environment since antiquity — perhaps even longer if we consider dance, song and ritual. As our “sophistication” increases our relationship to the environment lessens, creating a rippling effect of issues now and to come. Renewable energy, soil degradation, improper mining, bycatch, and the extinction crisis are bases of concern and/or inspiration.
My creative process therefore naturally is a collaboration with nature. I incorporate various forms of sculpture and performance to create a site-specific work which then becomes a curated series of photographs and/or video. Oftentimes I juxtapose beauty and disaster in places not widely known in unlikely or unique circumstances as natural materials and ancient practices permeate and inform the work.

Ja Min Yie

South Korean artist Ja Min Yie studied painting in the US and France.  Subsequent work has led her to Sri Lanka and Nepal, where she cultivated a sensibility for the ephemeral and sublime nature of things. She is interested in translating qualities of ink into oil; expressing the simultaneous form and formlessness of observed phenomena.

Yie Ja Min aims to restore "original mind" – to enter a primal non-dual state of being via complete immersion in the encounter between mind and object. Each stroke of paint or ink records a moment of instant convergence between nature and her consciousness, facilitated by the sense of sight. As a result, YIE’s works describe a reality that is illuminated from within, neither subjective nor objective but both at once, its luminosity seen through the shadows of passing forms.

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Leah Danze

Leah is a painter who is currently interested in exploring the possibilities of clay and cardboard. She has collaborated with poets, musicians, muralists and community organizers in the United States and in Latin America. Right now, she is interested in the intersections of memory and the body. Leah's art practice is informed by humans' relationships to each other and the natural world. She thrives making art in unexpected places. While at Elsewhere, Leah hopes to listen deeply to herself, her surroundings and to the members of Elsewhere and the community of Paonia. She intends for her artwork to be birthed from this listening process.

Sonja Hinrichsen

Sonja graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany in 1997/98, and received a Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. She has been invited to group- and solo- exhibitions worldwide and has won numerous artist residency awards. Sonja Hinrichsen examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. As an artist she feels the responsibility to address subject matters our society tends to neglect or deny, particularly adverse impacts to the natural world. Her work manifests in immersive video installations, video performances and interventions in nature. Her participatory project “Snow Drawings” engages communities worldwide. 

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“With my artwork I aim to provoke thought and engage my audiences intellectually. I’m not interested in creating lasting artworks, as I believe our planet is over-saturated with man-made products. While I like to unfold my work into large immersive experiences, I prefer that it live on in its documentation only, and in the memories of my audiences.”

My work reflects on environmental concerns and addresses our (humankind’s) relationship to the natural world – as we perceive it and interact with it. We – modern society – have become increasingly disconnected from nature. We have come to see our planet as a mine to extract the resources we need to maintain our extravagant life-styles, and as a dumping station for our toxic waste products. I believe, however, to secure a “habitat” for future generations (of our own species as well as others) it is essential that we tune ourselves in with nature and re-gain greater awareness of our planet, understand it better and take better stewardship of it.
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Clarissa Fortier

Born in New York City, Fortier is drawn to places that are in direct contrast to her native urban environment. After attending Oberlin College, where she studied studio art and environmental studies, she fell in love with the rocky landscapes of Colorado and Utah. These places serve as both the subject matter for her paintings and the cliffs where she enjoys her passion of rock climbing.

My intention for the Elsewhere residency is to focus on painting landscapes in a way that acknowledges the process of time required for painting, rather than the finished painting. I want to experiment with new materials and continue a practice with which I am already familiar: plein air painting.

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“When I enter a landscape I become an active participant in that environment, rendering its image in a different form. My touch becomes integrated with the environment, revealing my presence and my hand as a painter.”

William Chappell

William Is an author from Boston MA. His work is categorized as meta fiction, using the medium of the book as a symbol for the illusion which is our reality.

"By doing this, my work explores the craft of storytelling, it draws attention to itself as a work of fiction, suggesting that our reality is a work of fiction too. The thematic elements of my work deals with escapism, regret, hope, relationships. I explore the idea of how far someone is willing to go in pursuit of their hopes and dreams, the positive and negative, if it costs them everything, or nothing at all.”

Abby Paccia

Abbey Paccia earned her BA in Animationa at Sheridan College. Since then, she has worked professionally in the field and independently developing her own projects. Living in the Pacific Northwest opened her to new inspirations and she has shifted her artistic endeavors, mixing her love of story with imagery of the natural world. While at Elsewhere, Abbey intends to focus on the creation of an illustrated book, combining the "Shadow World" visual style that she has been developing for the past two years and a narrative influenced by ancient cultures, ecological interconnectedness and personal journeys.

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“Living spaces hold meaning, collect memories and build connection. The images on these pages are my way of honoring life in the natural world with curiosity and wonder, building connection with human and non-human life and appreciating the common threads we all share.”

Lidia Guerrero

Lidia Guerrero (Alicante, Spain) is a figurative painter inspired by tolerance and cultural diversity, working now on the myths and legends of Spanish folklore.

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CIRRELDA BRYAN

CB Bryan is an artist and educator based out of Albuquerque. In 2016 she received her BFA from the University of New Mexico, where she participated in the Land Arts of the American West program. She has exhibited independently and continues to collaborate as a member of the collective duo “Mobile Gravy.”

 
I base my current work off of a project I did in 2016 about car culture. Datrig, the title of that project, now a theme for most of my work - describes the act of assembling objects on a vehicle. It alludes to the rigging of boats, using cords and knots to hold sails in place. Instead of rope, I rig my work, made of wood, with nails and glue. My new work utilizes materials from past projects, all also made of wood and paint.
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Jason Livingston

Jason Livingston is a film and video maker currently based in Iowa City, IA, working with the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. A teacher, writer, and occasional programmer, he has worked with many non-profits, including Cornell Cinema, the Experimental TV Center, the Standby Program and others. He is currently on the Board of Trustees with the Flaherty Seminar. His award-winning work has screened widely, including Rotterdam, Anthology Film Archives, the Austrian Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and more. Under Foot & Overstory is distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Lake Affect is available through Electronic Arts Intermix as part of the Experimental Television Center DVD boxed set.

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Ancient Sunshine

A work of experimental non-fiction that explores fossil fuels and our relationship with our carbon kin.

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Ancient Sunshine draws on several trips to the Mountain West and Great Plains to visit extraction communities and sites. I’m eager to arrive at the residency to begin editing what I hope will be a poetic investigation into carbon capitalism.

Leah Aegerter

Leah holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and for the past two years she has lived and worked in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. She works primarily in wood, metal, and digital techniques to create object-based sculptures that aim to abstract queer and feminist narratives.

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“I employ the motif of grids as a method of organization and a canvas on which chaos can find expression. I’ve found that grids reveal a subtle intimacy in the various abstract objects I create, and at Elsewhere I will continue this exploration through a series of smaller works.”

The abstraction of queer and feminist narratives has always been central to my work, as I create objects with few ties to any recognizable, pre-existing forms in order to broaden the boundaries and definitions of intimate interactions. My pieces aim to challenge a traditional and easily accessible hetero-intimacy by performing or implying a relationship themselves, or asking the viewer’s participation in order to complete a system of desire. As I invent objects that are abstracted with elements of absurdity or surrealism, I hope to force a reappraisal of dialogues around intimacy. Greatly influenced by magical realism, I create systems and scenarios that might pass in our reality but don’t truly belong here; my sculptures act as conduits to fantastical landscapes and the emotions that inhabit them. I aim to turn the outlandish fictions that I have conjured up into some physical reality so as to draw the viewer into the fabricated portal of an alternate world. These fictions create a tension and slight unease within the work, and demand submission by the viewer so that they might gain insight into an unfamiliar, postured intimacy.

Kelly Ciesla

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kelly Ciesla earned her Bachelors Degree from Lycoming College, where she fell in love with abstract art. Inspired by her spiritual connection with her work, Kelly earned her Reiki certification in 2016. When she’s not creating, she likes to enjoy nature: kayaking, hiking, etc.

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Art is a psychological, meditative, spiritual and healing experience that bridges a connection between my physical and higher self. My new series, “Awakening,” is body of abstract work that reflects my journey of self-exploration. My mediums of choice include, but are not limited to, oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink.

Though my artistic process challenges me to experiment with different mediums, canvases and designs, my favorite part is the connections viewers have with my work. I love to understand the psychology of the viewer by what they see and colors stand out to them. I hope those who connect with my journey feel the power of divine connection, self-love, healing, and transformation they may need.