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.