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May: Artist in Residence with Leveld Art Centre, Norway & New Work

So for the month of May I was Artist in Residence at Leveld in Norway, a small village in the Ål municipality, Hallingdal home to 300 inhabitants about 700 m above sea level. Another remote mountainous location: perfect once again for me. I feel like I’ve done just about every remote artist in residence programme that there ever has been!

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I spent the 4 weeks mainly based at the Leveld Art Centre, it’s very much a residency for creatives to go to and be immersed in the village and location without any distractions. There’s not even a shop in the village so it really is about going there to get headspace, think about your ideas and work to develop on a project that needs time and space.

I’ve realised through close inspection and really challenging how I think about my work and how I intend for it to develop that there is very much a clear style within my practise and how I respond to the landscape in which I immerse myself in. A major part of me making the art work is being surrounded in an environment that not only invigorates me in terms of remote and harsh elements, it also provides me with the right visual inspiration for me to go forward with new work. The harsh strong black lines I use convey the significant unique texture, shape and linear quality of the landscape whilst the energetic mixed medium marks are responding to the temporary elements that surround the land. It is about connecting people to this energy that exists in nature. I hope my photos of my work below show this kind of idea and give the work clarity.

And so I won’t go into detail about every piece of art work I made, instead here is some photographs that show the location of the place and some of the new works I produced within my time there! At the moment I’ve just left my post as artist in residence in Leveld and currently in Bergen where I will then depart for Shetland then back to the Scottish Mainland so that’s what to expect from my next posts!

Thanks again as always for reading and if you would like to purchase my work head on over to my online shop for small original works at online shop or you can browse my full portfolio at website.

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Week 20

20 weeks now of living in Iceland.

I can´t really believe it, the level of time here is something I’ve never experienced before, the days seem to be long yet the overall residency has flown in and I still feel like I’m getting used to place and finding amazement in the details of every single day.

I’ve spent my second last week here preparing for and exhibiting my last show as part of the Listhus Skammdegi Festival, took a day trip to the nearby town of Dalvik situated just a few miles south of our town along the fjord and overall immersed myself in the place as much as possible. My last show as part of the Listhus Festival was a collaborative exhibition with my fellow housemate, studio pal and overall wonderful friend Jade De Robles Rossdale. You can view some of her work over at her website here. Our exhibition was titled ´Reaction to winter´and seemed fitting that we exhibited our work together as we shared our studio throughout  the residency. Here are some photos from the show.

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I´m sitting here writing this and realising I only have a week left in Iceland, I recall leaving Scotland all the way back in October and having no idea what my experience would be like, what type of people I would meet and if I would enjoy living through the dark winter in Iceland. This experience has surpassed all of my expectations, Iceland is absolutely unreal, a place of wonderment and a place that will always lie heavy in my heart. I´m going to keep this blog short and just show you some of my images from one of my last weeks here in the far north. I’m also going to spend my final week here enjoying it and stop dwelling on leaving and just make the most of this incredible country!

My next blog will be coming to you from Scotland next week after I´ve spent my last week here!

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Week 15

It’s been a busy and beautiful week here in Ólafsfjörður!

We have all been busy at Listhus Art Space working towards our Skammdegi Group Exhibition in Akureyri! The weather has been surprisingly clear and it’s getting lighter and lighter every day so there has been many opportunities this week to get out and explore the surrounding area which I’ve taken full advantage of!

I have also been busy this week filming the surrounding area and the changes in the landscape, along with some clips for a kickstarter film I am going to start putting together for my upcoming Arctic Circle fundraising campaign. You will here a lot more about this in the upcoming weeks!

Anyway, the main event of the week was our group show in Akureyri. It opened on Saturday in the wonderful gallery space of Salur Myndlistarfélagsins, which is right in the centre of Akureyri here in the North of Iceland.

The show was a preview of what all of us multi disciplinary artists have been working on so far during our 3 month long artist residency with Listhus Art Space and also a preview of work to follow in the annual Skammdegi Festival which begins on the 28th of January and runs until the 28th of February. All of the work in our show ranged from visual painting and photography, to performance, to design and also musical performances in the evening. We had a great response to the work and the space which overall is a great indicator of how our work will be received in the festival. It is overall a culmination of our responses to living and working throughout the dark winter in Iceland and how we have been inspired by the landscape and our unique surroundings, the culture, people and the environment.  Our show in Akureyri continues until the coming Saturday (23rd). 

I’ve attached a few images of my work in the show, a series of three mixed medium paintings all inspired by the glacier patterns and fragility of the land around us here right on the edge of the Arctic Circle. There is also a few ones of my walks around the town this week, the light, the crisp cold, the sharpness of the sky meeting the ridges of the high dominating mountains and the brightness of the environment around us!

Hope you enjoy and I’ll check back in next week with another post!

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