Artists who stayed at KH Messen from summer til winter in 2015 !

Anne O’Shean (Ir) painter.
Her professional work has been governed by the two subjects of Art and Physics. Anne is curious about astrophysics, in particular using e.m. radiation (e.g. visible light) to study space. She initially chose Physics as a career and specialised in the Physics of light. Her Painting has focused on colour.

Ranveig Helen Lægreid (NO) is from Eidfjord Hardanger. She took her bachelordegree in singing at the Griegacademy in Bergen. In december 2012 she did her master in singing with the Kongelige Danske Music conservatorium in Copenhagen, Danmark with the opera solist Anne Margrethe Dahl as a teacher. She cooperated with many CD recordings.

George Ridgeway (UK)
George is educated at the Glasgow School of Art and has a Painting and Printmaking BA Hons. His works vary from paintings until installations, following a pure and subtile line of expression.

Dafna Staretz (D/IL) Dafna is educated in fine art and education at “Ha Midrasha” School of Art, Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel.
Dafna works with watercolor on paper.
About her work she wrote:`My work develops in a way which is not linear or chronological but flows in different directions, branching out while creating rhizomatic connections within itself. Instead of picking one certain standpoint and deeply digging into it, I choose to wonder around in a nomadic way from one image to the other, from place to place, from a feeling to a thought to a memory.`

Kristen Keegan (USA) is a landscape painter, who catches the essence of light and nature on canvas and paper.

Kit Kelen (Australia) is a painter and poet, who has been based in China for many years. At Messen he has been working on a range of word, image and translation projects.

Carol Archer (Australia) is an artist who has lived in Hong Kong and Macao for the past seventeen years. At Messen she has been working on drawings about the trees and sky and rocks.

Odveig Klyve
Odveig Klyve is writer, poetry writer and filmmaker. She has written several poetry books and about 8 children books. Klyve works occasionally together with musicians and composers. Odveig has also written several manuscripts and was director of her short films. Her films were shown at filmfestivals in Europe, USA and India. In 2012 she made her debut at Statens Kunstutstilling (Haustutstillinga, Norway), and at Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris, with a videowork. Klyve comes originally from Hardanger, but lives and works now in Stavanger. She has a short stay at Messen because of a book project in cooperation with Kit Keelen.

Karla Caprali (USA) is a Brazilian born multidisciplinary artist living in USA for 14 years. Her main project in Messen is a study on Norwegian patterns and colors.

Claudia Kölgen (Germany, lives and works in Amsterdam), photography and installations.
…….my field of interest and my inspiration are natural landscapes – space – places – questions – thinking – models – pictures – relations – sensation – language – memory – between – moving – imagination – projection – looking – research – time – change – present – hidden – unstable – waiting – longing – experience – poetry – reflection…….

Hiroharu Morii (Japan), painter.
Hiroko Yamagata (Japan) painter.
Hiroharu and Horiko are now for the second time in Messen for a residency. Both Hiroharu and Hiroko travelled a lot through Scandinavia with their painting projects, with a long stay in Finland.

Janie George (GB), painter.
The subjects that attract me are often disparate; a silk jacket in the V&A, a moth, a night-cap or a dark wood. Many of them belong to a nocturnal world. They may, like the moth, be small and unnoticed but at the same time inhabit a world which is vast and dreamlike. My work is informed by the art of the past; the paintings of Watteau for instance, re-visioning the classical world and redolent with longing, mystery and sweetness or Velasquez with his miraculous painting of surface.

Phillipe Beer Gabel (France)
Yoga teacher and kantele player, an electric harp made of thirty-eight strings.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy (USA)
Juan Ortiz-Apuy, a conceptual artist from Costa Rica and currently based in Montréal is, in essence, a theorist or cultural interpreter. His art is grounded in both the philosophy of twentieth century cultural theorists.

Anthony Cervino (USA) holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Towson University, both in sculpture. He has worked in museums in Baltimore and Washington, DC and is now Assistant Professor of Art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. His work has been exhibited at many national venues including The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Duke University Museum of Art, The Gallery at Flashpoint in Washington, D.C. and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia among others.

Marisa Molin (Tasmania) Jewellery.
“Whether my works are large-scale public sculptures or intimate wearables, they all derive their form from nature that is specific to Tasmania. I translate textures of fragments, collected from walks along shorelines and from Tasmania’s vast wilderness to become intricate artworks. The symbiotic relationship between the fragment and its environment is mirrored in my work via the relationship between jewellery and its wearer. My designs become a part of the wearer, each piece of jewellery intimately following the curves of the wearer’s body, and at once, sprouting from the body and assuming its own form. In itself, this is a deliberate act; embodying the logic of the ecosystem, whilst reflecting on our relationship as humans, to the wilderness.”

Ross Donlon
(Australia) is a poetry writer.
Ross travels again to Europe to be present for his book launch in Norway, as well as reading in Galway at Over the Edge, the Wenlock Poetry Festival, Eat Up in Shrewsbury and at a symposium in Timisoara, western Romania where David Crystal is keynote speaker.
This is the third time Ross has read at Wenlock and he returns for follow-up gigs in Shrewsbury and Galway.

His latest book, Sjøvegen (The Sea Road), is launched in Ålvik, Norway, on 1st of May 2015, International Labor Day, an important day for this industrial village in Hardanger. All of the 50 tanka draw inspiration from the world around Hardangerfjord are translated into nynorsk, the more ‘poetic’ form of Norwegian spoken in western Norway. Students from the local school have completed the translations with the help of teacher, Kristin Holst and kulturshif (Arts Officer), Knut Makrhus.

Susan Hughes (Ireland) is an artist graduated from Belfast Art College in 2006. After several years she is based back in Belfast working society as an artist and fiddle player. She has completed several residencies including three in the Hardangerfjord area of Norway.

Maria Børja (Norway) is a writer and had her debut with the book Voksenting in 2010, following by the in 2013 published book NY BY.
She has contributed and edited several anthologies, including Rosa prose (the author) and Å våga seg ut i ord (edited together with Helge Torvund). Borja is also a journalist, project manager for Diktkammeret and associated with Møllebyen Literature festival.

Jolene Brink,
writer (USA), grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University.
M.F.A Creative Writing student at University of Montana where she teaches first-year composition and serves as poetry editor for Cutbank.
Her work has appeared in PostroadWomenArts Quarterly Journaldislocate, and elsewhere. Jolene´s first chapbook Peregrine (Red Bird 2015) won the Merriam-Frontier Award.
Jolene worked in marketing and publicity for the University of Minnesota Press, Greywolf Press, and the University of Minnesota College of Design.

Jacek Doroszenko (Poland)
Visual and audio artist, based in Warsaw, Poland.
His artistic work involves mainly multimedia art, as well as music and audio phenomena.

Ewa Doroszenko (Poland)
Doctor of Arts in Fine Arts. Visual artist working with photography and painting. She graduated from The Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun with DFA degree, previously earned MFA degree in painting. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Poland, also presented works abroad, including Berlin, Florence, Bratislava, Porto.

Jill Miller (USA) is a painter.
`My work examines an autobiographical understanding of depression and the emotional reactions inherent to these states of consciousness. With depression feelings can often be masked and turned inward, and this hidden quality has produced a melancholy outward reaction to internal turmoil. Studying the figure in psychological and conflicted states translated into physical form through body language is expressed through visual metaphors of stripes, shadows and distortions within my work.`

Mitch Karunaratne (London) Photographer. “I make work about places that hold stories, as remembering takes place in the world of solid rock. Through remembering we develop a sense of belonging, and understand better our past, present and our future.”

Miguel Gonzalez (Spain) visual artist of drawing and installations.

Jen Pepper (Canada/USA, 1 month stay). Her work explores intersections between the body,
the world and the making of language. She makes use of a variety of media to materialize a ‘drawn’ line.
At this moment she is working on an exciting project with local knitters.