We have harvested our pomegranates and organized an Open Studio: see below.
This newsletter tells about the most recent residencies. Earlier ones are on page 2022.
On 10 September we had a great Open Studio at OBRAS in Evoramonte
The participating artists were:
Below are the statements of the participating artists.
Jane Flett is a Scottish novelist and poet based in Berlin.
Her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize, and published in Electric Literature. She’s the author of the chapbooks "Quick, to the Hothouse" and "Mashnotes", and her poetry has been anthologised in the Best British Poetry.
Jane is also one half of the riot-grrrl band Razor Cunts, a creative writing tutor for The Reader Berlin, and a disturbingly accurate tarot reader. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her swimming naked in lakes, hosting queer events, and rollerskating down Tempelhof runway in hotpants.
At OBRAS, she’s working on:
1. A novel about a feminist goddess cult that arises during an environmental apocalypse. The book explores the difficulty of creating a non-hierarchical society and the repercussions of whole-hearted commitment to chaos.
2. An experimental novella about a woman lost in the wilderness, consisting of 100 chapters of 100 words, and inspired by classic fable forms. It’s rooted in Scottish mythology but undermines the patriarchal heritage of the original tales.
3. A weird short story about a quarantine facility for patients infected with “the Earworm”.
Over the past 20 years, Sophie Tassignon has been working on several musical collaborations in the jazz and avantgarde scene. She has also developed a unique style of voice layering to create tantalizing sound textures which she used in theatre pieces and her debut solo album (RareNoise Records, 2020).
She is currently crafting a new series of sounds during her residency at OBRAS foundation. With these new sonic tapestries, she will create a palette of textures she can use to improvise in a live setting, preparing for her solo performance in 2023 at the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit.
Iuliia Bugalova is a Ukrainian multimedia artist. During her stay at OBRAS she concentrated on working with a traditional artistic medium - oil painting on canvas.
She feels attracted to those non-verbal elements that can describe her experience of existence with all her senses. Her work can be seen as an attempt to transform it to the visual language of colors and form.
At OBRAS she was inspired by the red colors of the soil, the shapes of deformed trees, the sounds of a pig farm mixed with Symphony#7 by Beethoven and swimming with open eyes.
As part of the Open Studio, Iuliia did a action painting performance, in interaction with singing by Sophie. The slideshow gives an impression. A video compilation will soon be ready.
ichael O'Boyle is a painter based in the west of Ireland. For his residency, he is creating three monumental geometric wall works in paper along with some smaller canvas works. These microscopic based works are diagrammatic in nature and work with the architecture of the studio to create giant portraits of the invisible.
Stella Whalley is a multi-disciplinary fine artist working in London, UK.
At Foundation OBRAS Stella created a mysterious character in the landscape using video, sound and performance, which has been shot in collaboration with fellow resident James Bell.
Alongside this, Stella experimented with a series of drawings, prints and paintings that reveal figures semi-abstracted within the environment.
Stella also produced a series of playfully painted, bleeding blue-ink marble tiles based on historical erotic images found at Estremoz market; as well as local characters and creatures from the area.
James Bell is a British Artist specialising in painting, performance and film. His work responds to his environment, mental health and Queer identity.
James is also a professional film producer. His film Birthday Boy won the 2021 audience award at BAFTA qualifying Iris Prize Film Festival.
At OBRAS he explored two directions.
Firstly, abstract paintings responding to the landscape. Initial inspiration came from the red ‘no-hunting’ signs contrasting nature’s palette, and by the bleeding sap of the cork trees.
Secondly, James has utilised film, photography and blue-ink drawings to create self-portraits. Placed within various locations in and around the residency - he sits and stares into the distance, or lays peacefully.
Inspired by the human-like shapes of the oak trees, Stella Whalley and James Bell created a video showing a mysterious character that pops up in marble quarries, oak plantations and dirt roads. At the Open Studio, the video was projected on the outside wall of Stella´s studio.