Silence Awareness Exitence residency program

Yannick De Serre
Montreal, Canada

Drawing, installation, printmaking


I’m a Canadian artist, based in Montreal. I graduated from Fine Arts 18 years ago. Since the beginning of my art adventure, i got interested into the concept of «emptiness ». What lies between the lines holds a lot of informations. The death, the introspection and the loneliness became the under subjects of my main interest. In general; drawing, printmaking, installations and writing are my way to elaborate in art.

I am obsessed with black and white. When I draw, the background becomes the form, vice versa... Everything becomes a question of presence and absence.

My work is developing slowly. By observing it, we finally understand the subtleties. Someone said: « Your work is a soft violence because of its heavy subject which develops in a minimal way.

For me, art is a way to question our beliefs.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Camille De Gend
Liege, Belgium

Visual arts, writing, sculpting


To be honest, writing about what I do is a bit of a challenge for me at this point in my life. I've always been attracted to creation. Using my hands to create has always felt like an instinctive, easy and pleasing gesture. I therefore consider this the best I can do as a human being on this planet: to create.

Yet I wasn’t raised to believe that being an artist is a serious, valuable profession. I only recently came to understand this internal paradox and started to face the difficulties I had to fully (and peacefully) identify myself as an artist.

So here I am, ready to break through the blocks.

I've been experimenting with painting, photography, videography, sculpting, writing, jewellery and clothes design. But today, it seems to me that all of it was a little bit superficial.

It's time for me to have a look deep down inside of myself and find my focus.

Disconnected from my usual environment and the distractions that come with it, I'll take advantage of the Arteles Residency to set up a series of rituals (including meditation, yoga, breathing exercise, dance, ...) that will allow me to connect with my inner self. And hopefully, this experiment will help me find the best I have to offer, as an artist.
Serena Gelb
Los Angeles, USA

Painting, writing, photography

I am a painter, writer, photographer... I use the above mediums to take in the world around me and process it, look deeper, search, and observe. I love to create something beautiful from all the chaos that is mundane reality. And create chaos within that beauty.

In college I focused on oil paints. Oils are slow and sensual. You can’t force them- have to work with them to create, and there is a lot of surprise and discovery in the process: the careful selection of pigments, the mixing, the long dry-time.

My favorite subjects to paint are people, especially people that I know. I like to- not so much capture what exactly is, on the surface, but- find a tangible feeling and riff off that. I want to make paintings that are emotive landscapes. That cause the viewer to feel things, see their world even slightly differently, look a little harder, think a little more, and delight in the beauty that is around us each second.

Words, drawings, and photographs can do this, too, of course. And I’m excited to spend my time in Finland exploring a variety of mediums, blending them, weaving them together, finding harmony within the dissonance.

Simone Engelen
‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Photography, video & performance


Simone Engelen [1988] is a visual artist from The Netherlands. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in 2012 and received a master degree in photography from the St. Joost Academy, Breda in 2016. Within her work she experiments with ways of regaining control over body and mind, using a range of techniques, including photography, installation, performance and meditation, to provoke the viewer to question and share the very stories that define us.

During her time at Arteles she will experiment with ways to combine yoga with art by setting up a set of rituals. While trying to embody a new daily rhythm Simone started off with ‘A Painting A Day Keeps The Doctor Away’. In this continuing video of repetitive movement, she invites the viewer to turn inwards to find their own centered self.
Drew Sparks
Toronto, Canada

Photography, video


Drew Sparks is a Canadian visual artist focusing in photography and video. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986. In 2010, he earned an honours diploma in Professional Photography from Focal Point: Visual Arts Centre, and in 2017, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University. His work has been exhibited across Canada, including the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, and the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

His artistic practice began within the field of documentary photography, inspired by such photographers as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore. Sparks leverages the mechanical properties of photography, which associate the medium with the representation of objective truth, as a means to dissect and interpret the socio-political values inherent within our constructed environments. Often of ordinary and unremarkable scenes, his photographs emphasize the cultural significance of elements that recede into the periphery of the North American existence.

Sparks' recent work ventures beyond traditional documentary photography into conceptualism. Issues surrounding objective truth, and whether photographs can remain entirely unbiased, led him to begin deconstructing the medium's role within the dissemination of information. His focus is further expanding to include an examination of our media culture, and how its methods can be subverted in order to reinterpret the underlying values of society. At present, his practice has transitioned from photography-based to image-based, and is broadening to include moving images, appropriation, and other disciplines.
Warren Ward
Brisbane, Australia

Writing, nonfiction, cultural history


"Writer, Psychiatrist, Lover of Philosophy"

I am a writer, psychiatrist and psychotherapist with longstanding interests in philosophy, literature and European history.

Above all else, I’m interested in culture, how it is shaped, how it in turn shapes our world.

My essays have been published in New Philosopher, Great Walks, Softcopy and Writing Queensland. I’m still seeking a home for my lo nger works, but am fortunate to have an agent in New York helping me with this.

My first book-length manuscript — Lovers of Philosophy — explores the love lives of seven continental philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault and Derrida.

My second longer work — which I'll be focussing on at Arteles — investigates the lives of seven women who hosted literary salons. Three of these — George Sand, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf — are modernist icons well known to many. The others — Isabella d’Este of the Renaissance, Catherine de Vivonne of the Ancien Régime, Marie Geoffrin of the French Enlightenment and Henriette Herz of the Jewish Emancipation — are lesser known but no less important. I look forward to bringing them into the light.

I’ve always been obsessed with Europe — its people, its history, its art, its culture. My love affair started as a a teen reading Sartre, Beauvoir and Camus. In my twenties I encountered Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky and there was no turning back.
Ella Morton
Toronto, Canada

Experimental analogue photography, film, land art


Ella Morton's expedition-based practice has brought her to residencies and projects across Canada as well as in Iceland, Denmark and Norway and the United States, exploring the relationship between landscape and mystery. She uses antiquated photographic technologies as a means of commenting on contemporary subject matter. Her work aims to provide insight into how human beings perceive a tension of the opposites – living in a quantifying, information-based culture and reflecting on the unquantifiable unknown.

Originally from Vancouver, she earned a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2008, and an MFA from York University in Toronto in 2015. Her work has been shown internationally, including shows at Galérie AVE (Montréal), Walnut Contemporary (Toronto), Foley Gallery (New York), Idea Exchange (Cambridge), Gallery 1313 (Toronto), Viewpoint Gallery (Halifax), Photo Center Northwest (Seattle) and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna). She has also completed public art projects with Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax), The Crying Room Projects (Vancouver) and Land-Shape (North Jutland, Denmark). She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Amanda Robles
Dallas, USA

Audio, video, installation


"This inner world is truly infinite, in no way poorer than the outer one. Man lives in two worlds." -C. G. Jung

Amanda Robles is an emerging conceptual artist whose work thematically addresses existential philosophy, romanticized perceptions (in regards to gender, sexuality, and social relationships), and the deconstruction of formative years. With a background in drawing and painting, her recent work branches out into the realms of sculpture, audio/video, and digital fabrication. In December of 2016, Robles received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Texas with a minor in Leadership of Community and Nonprofit Organizations. She not only focuses on her own artistic endeavors, but is also concerned about accessibility of art throughout the community. Before recently relocating back to her home state of Oklahoma, Amanda has been active in the development of Dallas/Fort Worth underground art scene for the past 5 years, been a teaching assistant at the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy in Ada, Oklahoma, and has volunteered with various arts organizations in her community. Nowadays, she mostly travels around the world while working on her current body of interactive installations known as Intimacy in The Physical World. This body of work poses philosophical questions and simultaneously creates an intimate space in which the view can ponder.

Mel Dare
Perth, Australia

Painting, drawing


Mel Dare is a research-led, process-based visual artist. Through painting and drawing her work explores how meaning is created in regards to individual subjectivity. This has led her to investigate different but interrelated subjects including psychology, identity, neurology, biology, time, physics and perspective.

The artist has an interest in how an individual is constructed, drawn together by divergent strands of culture contained within the moments of time and place we exist. Gentle strands and crude stitches forming the pattern of conditioning imposed by external and internal influences. Our need to survive and equally strong desire for comfort. These contexts form us, inform us, give us meaning. Meaning which is built, sustained and discarded moment by moment. Meaning we don’t always abide by, contexts we don’t always agree with or even understand.

The critic Laetitia Wilson (The West Australian Newspaper, 2016) describes Dare's work from Lines that Define: “Such spatial and linear fields and patterns appear to be about the cosmos, the growth of lichen, cellular clusters, the movement of reeds under water, or the play of light, yet they are equally about internal worlds of thought, memory, emotion and identity.”

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) Honours from Curtin University in 1999 the artist has produced 9 solos, 3 duo. Her work has been selected for numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Dare has taught art at many institutions including Curtin University of Technology as well as Bandyup and Nyandi Prisons. She is currently a Sessional Lecturer at North Metropolitan Tafe.
Ross McCleary
Edinburgh, Scotland

Writing, poetry, performance

Ross McCleary is a fiction writer, poet, and spoken word performer from Edinburgh, Scotland. His fiction explores perception and interiority. His poetry is sarcastic and self-aware. His spoken word performance is somewhere between the two. In 2016, his novella Portrait of the Artist as a Viable Alternative to Death was published by Maudlin House and subsequently shortlisted for a Saboteur Award. He also turned it into a spoken word show in which he crowd-sourced a path through the text and then printed it live on stage.

His short stories have been widely published. Some of his more recent credits include Structo, 404 Ink, Constellations, and Pushing Out The Boat. As part of the Poetry As F**k collective, he has co-hosted and co-written a spoken word murder mystery night based on a late-90s chocolate advert, and hosted a poetry slam in which poets performed sections of Wikipedia as poetry.
Sarah Duncan

Drawing, printmaking


"Words are only as powerful as the quality of the silence that holds them."

I am influenced by forms and light invisible to the naked eye. I seek beauty in the realms of science, astronomy, microscopy. Optical technology allows us to glimpse the unseeable. My work reflect on these technological revelations, and try to grasp what would be unknowable without them.

My printmaking revels in time and speed, abstracted by telescopes peering into the deep past or microscopes delving into hidden worlds. Throughout history the night sky has been a screen for our projected dreams. My work seeks to reflect this screen, and to find others to illuminate.
Lenna Minion
Los Angeles, USA

Lighting, show production, writing

Lenna is a lighting designer based out of Los Angeles specializing in ride and show installations. She played a role in the design and construction for theme parks in Singapore and Dubai. Lenna writes literary fiction bringing to light the benefits and drawbacks of capitalism on the environment and marginalized groups.
Wanda Wieser

Sculpture, collage, alchemy


Wanda Wieser is an artist predominantly working with objects, print, collage and video. Recent works have included aluminous cement, copper, wax, Himalayan rock salt and fabric.

Research into philosophies of alchemy or geological processes stimulate the work. She is interested in how ideas and principles from alchemy and the natural world resonate with what it means to be human and to be conscious. Her work is a constant oscillation between geological histories, the human mind and body, alchemical, spiritual belief and meaning. These elements act as tools for the artist to reflect on and nurture sense of calm.
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