Nina Ruelle is a textile artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2013 she graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a BA in Visual Art and significant coursework in biology. In her work, she blends meticulous craftsmanship with material decadence, creating surfaces and sculptures that both invite and critique through their adornment. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Dirt Palace, where she has lived since 2014. Previously, she has completed residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists Residency and the Mildred's Lane Art Complex(ity), and has won scholarships to attend the Penland School of Crafts. Her works have been exhibited in various Rhode Island venues, including Anchor Gallery, the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, RISD's Expose Gallery, the David Winton Bell Gallery, the List Art Center, and the Dirt Palace Storefront Window. She has two upcoming shows in 2016, including a group show at the Green Space Gallery at the T.F. Green Airport and a solo show at the AS220 Project Space.
Asma is a practicing visual artist and arts professional with extensive experience in visual media, art curation, community art practice, community outreach, public relations, grant writing and creative programming. Asma hails from Pakistan and commands English, Urdu, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi languages. Asma aims to transform and help evolve vibrant spaces for arts and culture through the introduction of creative programming. With a strong drive and a passion for sustainable initiatives, Asma wants to inspire others to build a strong community with a legacy for future generations. Asma is a believer and advocate for a stronger Canadian presence in the global arts landscape with recognition and diversity of influences making Canadian art.
Briona Hendren is an interdisciplinary artist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area working primarily in sculpture, installation, and performance art.
She began seriously creating works of art after a chaotic change of events during her 4th year of college when she was pursuing a degree in psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa. In May 2016, Briona completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture with a minor in Museum and Gallery Methods.
Through various mediums, Briona’s art analyzes paths of the human endeavor, concepts of the human condition, and the psychological processing that is intertwined in both every step of the way.
Presently, she is attending her second artist residency in upstate New York, and preparing a large-scale public art commission that will be installed in Rohnert Park, CA, Winter 2017.
William Carson Graham is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist of a variety of traditions. His music aims toward a specific and deliberate balance of interest, integrity, and familiarity. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he studied composition at Vanderbilt University and at the Sydney Conservatorium and is now based in New York City.
Jesse Budel (b. 1991) is a composer-performer, sound artist and arts entrepreneur based in Adelaide, South Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Music Composition at Elder Conservatorium of Music (with an Australian Postgraduate Award), focussing on adapting the innovative field of soundscape ecology to compositional process, in order to produce creative works responding to engagement with specific places, and related ecosystems and soundscapes.
His works are for diverse media and spaces, ranging from acoustic concert instrumentation through to installation works, and have been performed by the Australian String Quartet, Corvus Ensemble and Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra.
In 2017, Jesse is undertaking an extensive professional development tour of the US and Canada in his research area of ecological music and sound art, supported by a Carclew Fellowship, Helpmann Academy Grant and Rural City of Murray Bridge Small Wins Grant.
As part of his ALN residency, he will be working on a number of extended pieces responding to the environments encountered on his travels so far, as well as a series of piano miniatures responding to North American trees (after Jean Sibelius' Op. 75, 'The Trees').
Marisa Piló (b. 1984) currently lives and works in Nazaré, Portugal. Between 2007 and 2014, she attended the Bachelor's Degree and Master in Fine Arts at the Escola Superior de Artes e Desing, Caldas da Rainha. Since 2007 she has been participating in several collective National Exhibitions.
Her creative process covers various means of artistic expression, despite revealing a close relationship sculpture, objects, studies how decontextualized objects and give them a new languages and new expressions.
Laurits Gulløv (b. 1994 Copenhagen, Denmark) is a young Danish artist currently studying at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen. He primarily works with graphics such as wood- and linocuts as well as etchings, textile prints and monotypes but has also been working with text, sculpture, painting and some animation. At the moment he´s working on a series of graphical prints all related to the topic of ornamentation. The series should be included in an upcoming exhibition in October simply called About Ornament, which is held in a train station. Beside the graphical work he’s currently working on an art film and will probably be filming in the countryside while staying at the residency.
Aparna Sarkar is a mixed-media artist and teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Her work deals with the meeting of the sacred and profane in the brown female body, as related to the notion of the othered body. She depicts this body as both a vessel and a barrier. She draws on Hindu mythology and queer theory to discuss hybrid identities and the potential of myth to affect reality. Aparna graduated with a BA from Pomona College, majoring in mathematics and minoring in art. She teaches in the math department at Saint Ann’s School. At Arts Letters & Numbers, Aparna will be collaborating with resident Sam Keene to create a series of painted, sculptural forms.
Sam Keene is an artist and furniture maker based in Brooklyn. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from Pitzer College. He has since worked professionally in art and architectural fabrication, and has immersed himself in the study of both traditional craft and digital fabrication techniques.
During his time at ALN, Sam will be working on a sculptural collaboration with fellow resident Aparna Sarkar, exploring personal identity, material culture and the creation of myth.
Jen received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from VCU [Virginia Commonwealth University] in 1997 and has since taught Graphic Design at several institutions in Virginia, California, and Oregon.
Her teaching expertise is in graphic design history and processes, typography, and logo / identity design. She has conducted research in and published on such topics as signs and symbols, design history, book arts, and travel (as a metaphor for design and as design inspiration).
Much of Jen’s personal mixed media work explores juxtaposition, whether that be driven by type or image or the intersection of both. From embedded meanings in symbols to the contradictions inherent in language, letters, words and culture play an important role. Her paintings, collages, and artist books often celebrate her travels and the objects that help create a sense of place, but also may shape one's identity.
Jonathan Russ composes direct, expressive music with an eye towards social good, drawing from the languages of contemporary classical music, musical theater, and indie rock. His music has been performed throughout America and Europe.
Jonathan is Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble and the Blueshift Ensemble and is a founding member of the ICEBERG New Music composers' collective. He has worked with loadbang, Sō Percussion (through their Summer Institute), Marimolin, members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, clarinetist Stanley Drucker (NY Philharmonic), singers Kamala Sankaram and Jennifer Beattie, and pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Marilyn Lehman. Awards include the MA-ASTA Composition Competition, ShoutHouse Call For Scores, and the Boston Conservatory Choral Composers' Competition. He has held residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Hambidge Center, Arteles, and Crosstown Arts, and was featured at the inaugural New Music On The Bayou Festival. His short opera Bark! (with librettist Lane Dombois) was produced by American Opera Projects and NYU. Upcoming projects include a piece for Yarn/Wire, a book of piano miniatures, an opera about a hermetic young woman, and a rock EP.
Yingting Cui(b.1994 Beijing,China) is an emerging artist who recently received a BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, she developed an understanding of the limitations of each medium, like photography, video, sculpture, technologies, and the harmony of merging these visual vocabularies to speak to her focus on political, cultural, social and technological matters.
I was born in 1980 in Seoul. I majored in Korean art at the College of Fine Arts, which is about learning traditional painting techniques and art history in East-Asia. I was always interested in how to harmonize East Asian art and modern life I live in. As an answer, my conclusion was to focus on me who is living in this age. So I decided to draw my feelings, my thoughts, and the things that I was worried about. I wanted to talk about ‘emotions’ that anyone could feel. It is a beginning of the series of ‘moonassi drawing' that started in 2008. ‘Moonaa' is my artist name. I wanted to be ‘無 Moo(which means nothing or empty) - 나 Na(which means ego or the conscious "I")’ as an empty ego that can contain anything anyone’s mind. The characters in my drawing is an actor who plays me and your story with a gentle gesture. I depict my inner conflicts, toughts, and various emotions I can feel in relationship. Moonassi drawing series is my lifetime project.
Jiangliu Dong （董江柳） is an artist, jeweler and a contemporary jewelry designer. She gained her Bachelor of Art in Jewelry Design at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (Beijing, China), and achieved her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, US).Jiangliu's work explores the comprehensive conversation between body, self, and identity. Her earlier works were focus on metal and jewelry, her recent creation invests various approaches to her subject-- sculpture, video, drawing and writing.
Jiangliu is currently working and living in US.
Dane Swan is an author and poet based in Toronto, Canada. His 2nd book, A Mingus Lullaby was a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Book Prize for Poetry. This Fall Dumagrad Books is launching his 1st short story collection, He Doesn't Hurt People Anymore.
Liz Gallo is an artist and a consultant. Her work explores both the digital and analog worlds. She has most recently shown work at Summit Artspace in her hometown of Akron, OH. Splitting her time between the U.S. and Toronto, ON, she creates with artists across the globe. In her consulting practice, she collaborates with clients to expand their digital world.
James Rogers is an architect who studied at the University of Cambridge and the CASS School of Art, Architecture and Design in London. He has worked on accommodation and faculty buildings for the University of Cambridge and research projects on residential design. He is also interested in early 20th century art and studied Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie's in London. For his first residency at ALN he will be working on a collaborative installation project with Emily Fitzell.
Emily Fitzell is a PhD student at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her writing explores the relation of perception to movement and memory in modern literature, art and architecture. Some of her poetry has been published and featured in small exhibitions and she has twice been awarded the Powell Prize for Serious Verse. In 2015 she undertook her first residency at ALN to work on academic and poetic projects. Her second residency will be a collaborative installation project with James Rogers.
Kirsty is an artist and architect drawing between the realms of narrative architecture, territorial process and the shifting landscape. She currently works at the intersection of architecture and landscape at BIG's newly established Landscape department in Copenhagen, alongside pursuing her own work within the field of experimental drawing and artistic research. She has won numerous awards for her hand drawings and exhibited internationally, alongside teaching architectural drawing workshops at Aarhus and Oslo Architecture schools.
Having graduated as an Architect from the Aarhus Architecture School, Denmark in 2013, her thesis project explored an architecture of wonder and the miraculous through the embrace and augmentation of nature - an Architecture of [Super]Nature.
This has since inspired her artistic and territorial research works, under the encompassing title "The Disappearing Islands". The ongoing body of work centres around disappearing lands and cultures in the face of extreme territorial change. Over the past four years she has undertaken numerous research expeditions documenting a series of remote islands undergoing extreme hydro-transformation processes. These collected stories develop an ongoing series of drawing works and investigative mappings exploring themes of memory and process, place and placelessness. Narrative engagement through drawing is central to Kirsty's work, and she is fascinated by representation as a form of physical conversation.
Multi-media and oft (accidentally) an installation artist with a working practise on mental health, specifically with an autobiographical focus on Anorexia, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. Her work aims to create spaces in which people are more likely to talk freely and openly about mental health, their own and the way society views and copes with mental health issues generally. With a greater hope that with more open discussion and more education globally about conditions real positive and progressive change can be made in the way mental health is viewed and treated. A Recent Fine Art graduate from Liverpool School of Art and Design currently undertaking a second residency at Arts, Letters & Numbers.
Whilst here she is working on two series of works. The first a continuation and further exploration of the abstract colour series 'Distrabtion', which aims to create discourse on the condition Body Dysmorphic Disorder both from a personal perspective but also in the wider sense to encourage others to think about the societal pressures on image.
The second is a new project '/rōˈman(t)əˌsīz/', a monochromatic line printing series exploring the way Anorexia is romanticised in mainstream media and visual culture and the subsequent damage this does to both sufferers and the way the disorder is perceived by the general population.