This summer, Emily Jay, SACI Alum (Spring 2009, Late Spring 2012) and former SACI Media Area Teaching Assistant (2013-14), was invited to be an artist in residence for the months of July and August at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik, Norway.
Located in a small town in western Norway right on the Hardangar fjord, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Kunstnarhuset Messen continues a long Hardanger tradition. For hundreds of years artists have been coming to find inspiration in the fjord landscapes of this area, possibly the most well-known being the Norwegian romantic national painters.
Emily’s resulting projects from her residency, “the mountain of gardens you gave me/they were not what they seemed,” a video and photo piece, and “ōrō,” an altar in the Norwegian woods, can be seen below.
“In my time at Kunstnarhuset Messen, I completed a series of photo and video projects exploring how we leave vestiges of ourselves in the places we reside, and how those places take root within us. I’m particularly interested in how we demarcate the past from the present within a landscape and within ourselves, and seeing how that is reflected in the harsh and beautiful landscape of Norway.” – Emily Jay
Emily exhibited her works at the KH Messen Open House, along with four other artists participating in the summer-long, international residency.
See more of her work on her website: http://emily-jay.com
Read more about the Kunstnarhuset Messen residency: http://www.khmessen.no