The Light Grey Residency Program: Team Ógilt includes a diverse group of illustrators, designers, craftsmen, fine artists, video game designers, children's book illustrators and more. The Óglit residents hail from various areas of the United States, Canada, Brazil and Singapore.
Throughout the program, artists adventured through Southern Iceland, traveling along the coast to explore basalt beaches, ocean trolls, caves, glaciers, and old structures. The day excursions include hikes around boiling mud pots, sleeping volcanoes, basalt caves, geothermal pools and more.
Read more about our 2018 artists-in-residence teams below.
TEAM ÓGILT: Ashley Yeo Yakka, Chelsea Harper, Emerald May Barkley, Douglas Pryor, Jay Crosby, Jenn Liv, Jon Tiburzi, Karen J Krajenbrink, Luke Heng, Rayanne Vieira do Nascimento, Shanna Cundal, and Vanessa Port.
Douglas Pryor is a raising, chasing, and repousse sheet metal artist. Douglas practices traditional technique based handcraft skills such as Iranian and Turkish silversmith vessel raising, European armoursmithing, and American blacksmithing and applies them to explore animalistic based sculpture in steel.
"I'm looking forward to exploring the historic beauty of Iceland landscapes, culture, and food. I'm a long time fan of the Icelandic sagas and would love to have actual "boots on the ground" memories tied to some of what I've read to better understand the people, the local wildlife, and the land."
Jenn Liv is a freelance illustrator based in Toronto who has mainly done work for editorial publications. Her clients include The New York Times, TED, NPR, and PLANSPONSOR.
Occasionally she likes to print things in risograph and make comics. She is a nerdy woman.
"I'm looking forward to experiencing nature on a whole new level! I'm excited about meeting new artistic folks from across the globe as well. "
Emerald May Barkley
Emerald Barkley is an artist, backpacker, and peach cobbler enthusiast from Northern California. Through traditional media, Emerald uses art to explore ideas about conflict and ego through muted rainbows and her ever-expanding collection of skulls.
"I am looking forward to exploring the nooks and crannies of both the landscape and the creative process!"
Rayanne Vieira do Nascimento
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Rayanne Vieira is an ilustrator and animator, residing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has a degree in Animation and Digital Arts and she hopes to, one day, direct her own show.
Currently she mainly works with children's illustration and backgrounds for animation. She loves drawing fairytale characters and kids. On her spare time, Rayanne is working on her first comic, a short story about freelance witches.
When she's not drawing, she likes to bake bread, read graphic novels and walk around plants.
"I think travelling to Iceland will bring a new perspective and renewed energy that will help in my journey of self-discovery and development of my art. Getting a chance to meet new artists from all over the world will be very inspiring, and the beautiful places from Iceland will only make the experience more enjoyable."
Jon Tiburzi is a game designer whose work focuses on the exploration of spaces and atmospheres, an interest of his that developed out of a love for nature and architecture. He began creating video games in middle school, and has since expanded into the fields of programming, electronic music composition, animation, and sound design. In 2016, he received a BA in Physics, Mathematics, and Studio Art from St. Olaf College, as well as published his first major game on the online distributor Steam. Jon’s games have also been showcased in several Minnesota art galleries. He recently completed a post-graduate artist residency, during which he collaborated internationally on a video game about procedurally-generated ambient music.
"I'm looking forward to listening to the music of enchanted landscapes and the ideas of other creative minds."
Mayfield Heights, OH
Vanessa Port graduated from Kent State University in 2014 with a degree in Visual Communication Design with a concentration in Illustration. After graduation, Vanessa was hired at American Greetings as product designer. Now, she currently works as a Digital Designer full time and does illustration freelance in Cleveland, OH with her two cats. She likes to find ways to incorporate new technology into her illustrations.
Her interests include true crime podcasts, fashion history, and volunteering.
"I most look forward to meeting other creatives and gaining new perspective from other artists."
Shanna grew up in Washington state just outside of Olympia in a dinky little town called Elma before eventually settling in Vancouver B.C. After receiving a BFA in graphic design at the University of Washington, she realized her true passion was in animation. Soon after she moved to North Vancouver to attend Capilano University where she studied traditional 2D animation and has since worked in both feature and tv animation. She is currently working at DHX Media as a background artist.
"I'm a little bit nervous to be honest! This is totally out of my comfort zone, but it's also such a unique and amazing experience that I had to go for it. I'm looking forward to connecting with others, sharing thoughts and learning from one another in a place of such awe-inspiring beauty. I picture this being a time of great reflection for me. I want to get into the guts of art philosophy. I want to be unplugged, to take in my surroundings, and be present. I want to take part in the type of conversations I wouldn't typically have in the day to day. I am looking forward to having a rich experience.
Ashley Yeo Yakka
Ashley completed her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. She attained her BA (Hons) from LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore with first class honors. She has been the recipient of the Lasalle Award of Academic Excellence(2011), Winston Oh Travel Award(2010) and NAC scholarship (Local) in 2010. She has been included in numerous international group shows including the Art on Paper Biennial at Weatherspoon Museum, North Carolina USA and Ifa Gallery in Berlin, Germany. She also participates in international residencies including the Vermont Studio Center (USA, 2013), Arctic Circle Residency (Svalbard, 2014) and School of Visual Arts (USA, 2014).
"I am looking forward to explore the landscapes and natures of Iceland."
Born among the vineyards of Sonoma County, California, Chelsea Harper grew up chasing stories. Writing, acting, singing, and drawing, she inevitably evolved into a freelance artist after studying Illustration and Visual Development at the Academy of Art University and the Santa Rosa Junior College. During her time earning her BFA, she earned the chance to study underneath the tutelage of Craig Elliott and challenged herself with attending various fan and art based conventions throughout California, promoting herself and her artwork. She is also an avid writer and has participated in National Novel Writing Month since 2006, and in later years has lead her local community as a Municipal Liaison, encouraging fellow writers to tell their stories. Since graduating AAU in 2016, she’s worked with comic artists Johnny Wander, Sarah Stone, and Tessa Stone, and has worked with Restoration Games on Indulgence, a trick taking card game, and with Cardboard Utopia on Children of Zodiarcs, an indie tactics game.She has also participated in several of Light Grey Art Lab’s exhibitions since spring 2017, including Camouflage, Parallel, Swarm and The Lost Isle of Kismet. Chelsea continues working in the field of freelance with the goal of stepping into the industry, working for either Gaming or Feature Film, eager to share her passion for strong and compelling storytelling. When she’s not working, Chelsea delights in playing Dungeons & Dragons, crying in Art Museums, watching Horror movies, and frantically reading through her Sisyphean book pile.
"As many artists have done in days of yore, a pilgrimage to another place has opened up their minds, enabling an epiphany for themselves which affects the whole body of their work and brings it into focus. I am looking for my epiphany, and I look toward to all the memories and friendships I'll make along the way!"
Jay is a freelance illustrator, zine-maker, amateur photographer, and avid explorer. After receiving his BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015, he and his dog made the big move out west to Portland, OR, where he is currently living and working and enjoying being part of a broader community of trans/queer artists.
Jay’s illustrative work combines realism with conceptual elements and focuses primarily on the connections within nature that are often overlooked. He enjoys creating work inspired by his travels and experiences and is never without a sketchbook.
In 2016 he attended the Voices of the Wilderness residency on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska. The 2018 Iceland Residency will be his first time participating in a Light Grey Art Lab residency program as well as his first visit to Iceland.
Luke Heng is an artist based in Singapore. Heng’s practice revolves around the conceptualization and manifestation of painting. He is interested in the dialectics between painting, picture making, and object. Just the other day, he was very much engrossed with the state of liminality and the impermanence of things.
"In all honesty, I am just thrilled to be part this residency and everything that it encompasses. Especially fellow participants and of course, the landscape of Iceland.."
Karen J Krajenbrink
San Francisco, CA
Karen Krajenbrink is a Southern California native, now calling the Bay Area home. With her background in tv, film, and games, she's worked for small upstart companies to large studios like Universal Studios and Nickelodeon. Currently, she works as an associate art director for mobile games during the day, draws at night, and works on her micro-farm with her husband on the weekends. Her focus on her personal work is on watercolor illustration, animals, and story in its various forms.
"I am trying to find my roots as an artist again. Being raised to explore the outdoors I want to draw a ton of animals and landscapes. I cannot wait to see what Iceland has to offer."