Announcing Artists for the 2019 STONELEAF Residency Program
STONELEAF RETREAT is excited to announce its 2019 Artists-in-Residence; Delali Ayivor, Lizania Cruz, Tarah Douglas, Tamar Ettun, Alison McNulty, Anne Nowak, Keisha Scarville, Hiba Schahbaz and Sacha Vega.
This group of creative women with diverse practices, explore a range of topics including identity, race, gender, class, immigration, storytelling, materiality, personal freedom, censorship and memory.
We, at STONELEAF, have been thinking about division and the ways that political and social re-imagination of identity can unite us, which influenced our choice in artists.
June 15 - June 29, 2019: Alison McNulty, Hiba Schahbaz, Sacha Vega June 30 - July 14, 2019: Delali Ayivor, Tamar Ettun, Keisha Scarville August 3 - August 17, 2019: Lizania Cruz, Tarah Douglas, Anne Nowak
STONELEAF 2018 Alumni: Mahwish Chishty, Theresa Chromati, Liz Collins, Rena Detrixhe, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Emma Kohlmann, Camille Lee, Katiushka Melo, Mónica Palma, Elise Rasmussen, Rebecca Reeve and Sinta Tantra. STONELEAF 2017 Alumni: Leah Dixon, Macon Reed and Mia Taylor.
STONELEAF Alumni Quotes:
MAHWISH CHISHTY (2018): ‘Helen and Eric were amazing hosts! They facilitated very comfortable living space, spacious studios and communal homemade dinners. As a result, STONELEAF was a perfect balance between privacy/isolation to focus on creating work and socialization/getting to know each other.’
LIZ COLLINS (2018): 'For me STONELEAF was pure magic—peace, laughter, friendship, ease, comfort, solitude, support.... it feels now like a beautiful and very real dream. One of the strongest memories of my short, but long and full-feeling 2 weeks there was the runs I went on almost daily. To be free to wake up slowly after a late night of working in the studio, then go for a run up and down Ashokan Road-being so deep in nature-and to be able to have the time to be completely present in the run, rather than thinking what am I’m going to do next....that kind of freedom and open ended time in this intimate, quiet, place that emanates love and care.....That is what I took away- a feeling of complete serenity. STONELEAF is a very special place.'
THERESA CHROMATI (2018): 'The most gorgeous Wildflowers lined the cabin where I lived and I fell in love with them. During this residency I started to incorporate flowers into my paintings, or what I like to call them “scrotum flowers”, as objects of power. The environment was truly calm and inspiring.'
LEAH DIXON (2017): 'The physical space, setting, and time provided at STONELEAF allowed me to conceive of, and work on a large-scale project that would have been very difficult to achieve in the city. And thanks to Helen and Eric's keen curatorial ability to bring people together, the other artists in residence and I formed a deep interest, and personal stake in each other's work.'
RENA DETRIXHE (2018): ‘My residency at STONELEAF retreat was generative and stimulating, I felt at home from the moment I arrived. The beautiful studio and surroundings are complimented by the warmth and humor of the generous hosts, Helen and Eric. This place is truly special.’
MONICA PALMA (2018): ‘STONELEAF is a space run with passion and commitment. I was pleasantly surprised that I got so much work done and still got time to swim in the river and watch the sunset at the reservoir.’
ELYSE RASMUSSEN (2018): ‘STONELEAF RETREAT was a wonderful and welcoming experience. It provided an idyllic working environment and I felt very supported and extremely welcomed by Helen and Eric. The residency allowed me the opportunity to make new work while decompressing from city life and I am grateful for the time spent and the new friendships forged.’
EMMA KOHLMANN (2018): ‘I was able to have the focus I needed to get projects done while simultaneously having a community of artists to commune with. I really loved my experience at STONELEAF as form of active relaxation. Where you can do your work at your own pace with support around you.’
MACON REED (2017): 'My time at STONELEAF was truly magical- I have attended a number of residencies and this one is really different. In part because of its intimacy- both with the incredible landscape and the smaller cohort, gathering for home-cooked meals and conversation. I was able to work both indoors and outdoors, finishing a new site-specific installation on the water before I left. One of the most special aspects of this residency is the time spent with its founders, Helen and Eric, who are so generous and well-versed in aspects of the art world- I learned so much from our conversations! Im also excited to say I will be having my first show in London this fall because of a connection I made at STONELEAF. Im so grateful I was able to attend!'
SINTA TANTRA (2018): 'Living in London, I decided to apply to the STONELEAF residency in upstate New York, not only to get away from my usual practice in the UK but also to build friendships and connections with other female artists and curators outside of my own network. I had such a wonderful time - Helen and Eric were the perfect hosts fostering a safe and welcoming space for creativity and opportunities to experiment.'
MIA TAYLOR (2017): ‘The light and airy studio surrounded by trees, where I worked at STONELEAF, was the trigger for a new series of watercolour paintings, some of which responded directly to the surrounding landscape. Without much to distract us we spent long days working, followed by friendly evenings of sociability. The warmth and generosity of Helen and Eric set the scene for new and lasting friendships with the other residents and visitors, as well as creating a supportive environment that allowed us artists to focus on our work.’