Visual Art

Past Residents

Steven Bellosguardo

Steven Bellosguardo fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human figure. Utilizing mediums associated with modernist sculpture, figures are rendered from flat sketches on steel, cut out and assembled, creating an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements. Bellosguardo builds abstract figures that explore ideas of what it is to be human, and the reciprocal relationship humans have with nature.


Bellosguardo was born in 1988 in Adelaide. He apprenticed as a Stonemason (third generation) from 2007 to 2010 and studied at the University of South Australia from 2014 to 2016 receiving a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) in 2016. 


Bellosguardo lives and works in Adelaide.  

Past Residents

Courtney Coombs

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection. 

Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours, and has been awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney),  the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). 

Past Residents

Alice Shockey

Alice Shockey is a Visual Artist and Reiki Practitioner. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Studio Art and received her Reiki level 1 and 2 Attunements at Maha Rose Center for Healing, where she also leads Art Themed Community Reiki. During a Healer Mentorship with Lisa Levine, Alice began to combine her visual art and Reiki practice, exploring a creative process of image making that emerged more from the body directly than from the mind.

Alice has suffered from Lyme disease since early childhood, and it wasn’t until she began practicing Reiki and integrating it into her creative process, that she found empowerment and confidence in her ability to heal.

Alongside her partner and Creative Art Therapist Robyn Olds, Alice is currently holding workshops in Brooklyn that combine Reiki and embodied meditation with a body tracing exercise that visually maps the individual experience.

Alice has begun to find fluidity and cohesion in working dynamically with her visual art and Reiki practice, and by working creatively with children. She has been working closely with Brooklyn Nature Days, a nature immersive program in Prospect Park, Brooklyn where she holds Earth Art workshops daily and finds creative inspiration from her students, as they lead the way with their originality and wonder.

Alice hopes to continue to hold workshops in Brooklyn and additionally during her residency at Arts Letters and Numbers and within the incredible Averill Park community.

Past Residents

Matthew Bacher

Matthew Bacher’s work addresses the simultaneous fetishization and disposability of nature. His pieces depict nature's “pests,” such as pigeons and raccoons staking their own claim to altered environments. In the piece Pigeons and Hipsters, the two subjects share and exploit the crowded urban cityscape. They are both equally the result of their environment. Matthew enjoys creating specific instances where human paths cross with those of animals. While humans create fences and walls to suppress their fears of nature, wildlife struggles as their habitats are bombarded by plastics, rusting metals and cracking concrete. His landscapes yearn to be explored and plundered fervently. He paints beautiful trash and hideous flowers in an attempt to blur our assigned values of each. Matthew plays with the idea of the total desecration of the natural world and invites the viewer to draw parallels between our environments and theirs. The work explores environmental problems we face such as pollution, overpopulation, and climate change. In his work there is a duality of consuming and caring for one's surroundings. In End Game Loot for the Juncos, Matthew examines the Dark-eyed Junco, a common bird of North America. This bird species is primarily migratory, yet a large flock defied norms and seized permanent residency at UC San Diego during the mid-1980s. The Juncos are able to thrive due to the abundance of food and human spoilage scattered throughout the campus. The abundance of food, in turn, allows them to produce more young and live longer.

The inspiration for his work is born from Matthew’s travels to new places. He reflects on trips to large densely populated cities. Despite cities' attempts to suppress the natural world, plant and animal invaders abound. Matthew incorporates aves (birds) into his works, as they are one of the few large wild animal groups that can adapt fast enough to survive the drastic changes humans make to their natural environments. Birds are aided by mini environments such as backyards and garbage dumps. Traveling allows the artist to explore new environments that provide for varying species of flora and fauna, such as parks, college campuses and back yards. He take these environments and deconstructs. Doing this allows the artist to reflect on his own personal connection with nature as well as his impact on the environment. He thinks about his own impact on the natural world.

Matthews’s main focus is in drawing and painting. He utilizes their history of storytelling and their capacity to engage with narrative. He specifically uses dramatic lighting, loose brush strokes, and stark flat planes keeping the viewer interested in not only the subject matter but also the material. An incorporation of organic and inorganic shapes and brush strokes creates the illusion of order and chaos within the pieces. These material objects demand focus and labor which refreshingly contrast an era consumed with instant gratification.

Matthew is also interested in curating. Through his job teaching painting at drawing to children and adults at the San Diego Music and Art Cooperative, Matthew is able to bring artists together. Matthew believes that only through conversation can we work on issues within our own communities. Matthew believes artifacts can serve as a tool to facilitate these conversations. Matthew insists that art has a means to transgress the status quo and can make it easier for people to take in a new perspective.

Past Residents

Tilly Davey

Tilly Davey's work questions the vulnerability of humanity and the daily struggles which the world at large faces and has done so since time memorable. Directing and tutoring a number of different community art programs throughout Canberra, Australia has a large impact on the works that Tilly produces.

Tilly takes an interdisciplinary approach to art making, having a diverse artistic skill set she works with a range of different mediums and people from all backgrounds to produce large and small scaled pieces which can stand alone or be adjusted by the viewer.  


Past Residents

Chris Raia

Christopher Raia is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in New Jersey. In 2018, he received his BA in Interactive Multimedia at the College of New Jersey. His practice mixes both physical and digital means of making in order to create installations that transform spaces and provoke conversation. Additionally, he is interested in inhabiting these spaces with imagery and object making that suggest personhood. He does this by challenging the conceptual and formal conventions that often define figurative work. He is constantly questioning what makes an image humanoid both physically and psychologically.

Most importantly, he embraces working with immediacy and without fear of failure in the hopes of developing a sincere voice.

Past Residents

Lu Heintz

Lu Heintz is an artist, educator, and feminist collaborator currently based in Providence, RI. Through multiple points of entry- textiles, metalsmithing, video, sound, installation, performance, paper works, and writing- her transdisciplinary practice examines personal experiences on sociocultural scales. Lu balances her artistic endeavors with a commitment to feminist pedagogy and scholarship and is an Associate Artist Researcher for the Digital Institute of Early Parenthood (UK). Her work has exhibited and screened nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and artist-run projects including: The RISD Museum, The National Ornamental Metals Museum (Memphis, TN), R.K. Projects (NY), Sarah Doyle Gallery (RI), Brood Film Fest (Exeter, UK) and Strano Film Fest (Capestrano, IT). She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Additional education includes studies at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Ox-Bow School of Art (MI), and CE.CA.TI (Michoacán, Mexico). She has been awarded residencies at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center and Arts Letters & Numbers (NY), and has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The International Sculpture Center and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. 

Past Residents

Jonathan Adams

Born in Bristol, TN, Jonathan Adams received his BFA from East Tennessee State University in 2016. He is currently an MFA candidate at Rutgers University. Being a black man in the Christian south lead to difficulties finding a community and understanding his identity. 

Visual art was a bridge to initiate dialogues with peers and family; He uses visual art as a means of understanding. Within his work, he explores aspects of perceived identity using scenarios of the human condition and history.

Drawing upon mythology and invasive observational conversation with peers/viewers he is able to fully express the idea visually. Jonathan also enjoys the countryside and a good day nap.

Past Residents

Christina St Claire

Christina St. Clair’s narrative paintings and installations explore social, cultural, and environmental practices from a global perspective.  Her recent work examines Foodways, defined as the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region or historical period. This series focuses on individuals working in a kitchen environment, preparing dishes relevant to their respective cultures.  The pieces tell stories by combining images of subjects and their environments with actual objects, cooking ingredients, and surfaces that they have touched or used. 

Christina’s current project explores her growing interest in climate change and the incremental environmental changes that are taking place all around us on a global level. 

Her recent works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the CAMAC Centre D’art in France, and the United States Embassy in Costa Rica.

Past Residents

Suzy Sureck

Using light in its various forms as a medium, Suzy Sureck works with physical and metaphoric qualities of reflection and shadow, and the poetics of luminosity. In awe of earth’s inherent beauty and value, its complexities and cycles, her works applaud the richness and interdependence of our diverse world. Referencing branching systems, plant cells, bee colonies, rivers and constellations, in relation to the pace of technology, her works acknowledging the increased vulnerability of our planet and ourselves. Her artworks have been exhibited in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Australia, and India.

Jamming media and fluidly cross-pollinating disciplines, Sureck expands drawing into an expanded field of experiential interaction by                     

Drawing with Light – sculpture and video                                                                 

Drawing in Space – architectural and environmental installations,                         

Drawings on paper –in collaboration with natural phenomena

Past Residents

Alex the Grave

Alex the Grave is an American painter and poet living and working in Troy, New York. They’ve received a BA in English and a MA in Fine Arts, both at University at Albany, SUNY. 

Their work mainly explores themes of mental illness, invisible disability, personal relationships, trauma, dark and dry humor, and the idea of a melodramatic truth. It is a therapeutic self exposure. Heavily inspired by comic books, zines and items such as handmade signs or diaries, Alex seeks to combine these aesthetics and simultaneously enlarge and expose specific moments and feelings in a physical form.

Past Residents

Yu Ting Ong

I explore the correlations and contrasts between the materiality of paint and digital constructions through painting, drawing, coding and video. My practice examines the spaces in-between; of solidity and ephemerality, the transition from light to colour, colour to light. I like to capture the moment where the collapse of distinction between what is visible or invisible, still or moving becomes a space for creative intervention. It is a study of contrast and the finding of a still point that exists in the intermediary state between flow and resistance. Central to my practice is the search for harmony and equilibrium. My work is deeply informed by Taoist philosophy on the flow, nature and water. This search for harmony through the adding and removing of marks, through balancing the right amount of colour, and mediating between configuration and spatiality, becomes a process of internal resolution as much as a pictorial one.

Yu Ting graduated with BA Fine Art from Slade School of Art (UCL) in 2013 and MA Painting from Royal College of Art in 2015. Recent exhibitions include ‘Radical Residency Exhibition 2018’, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London, UK, ‘The Internet Yami-Ichi', Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, 'You Never Look at me from the place which I see you', Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London, London, UK as well as residencies at Cove Park, Scotland, UK, Grey Projects, Singapore and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.

Past Residents

Katherine Anne Rose

Katherine Anne Rose is a visual artist from the UK, currently living in Glasgow, Scotland. Her practice employs mathematics and geometry to investigate visual forms in paper. With repeated simple cutting and folding techniques, she creates large scale wall installations in paper.

Her current work is inspired by the patterns we see in our surroundings, from the molecular to the universal scale. Following strict rules, she creates complex weaving and interlocking shapes. These structures are carved from a single plane revealing a third dimension, which plays with light, transforming its appearance throughout the course of the day in natural light. The use of repeated geometric forms in religious decorative art; islamic tiles, indian mandalas, is of interest, the relationship between science and belief or awe and wonder reflected in a material surface.

Katherine works as an editorial photographer in the UK.