My name is Roselina Hung, and I have been selected to take part in the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland for the month of September. I will be one of twelve artists creating and presenting new works and taking part in the Icelandic art scene with local and international artists. During my residency, I will be working on a series of large-scale drawings, Pretty Boys Kill Me, in preparation for an exhibition at Gallery Fukai in spring 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.
SIM Residency Reykjavik
Run by the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, the SIM Residency offers artists a living space and studio in Reykjavik. The building where I will be residing and working in also houses studios for about forty Icelandic artists, as well as an art school, workshop and exhibition space. As a self-directed residency, SIM seeks to promote a creative environment where artists can reflect, study and work on their artistic process. All expenses related to the residency, including a program fee and travel expenses, are paid by the artists.
Working on my first Pretty Boys Kill Me drawing in my Vancouver studio
How will this residency benefit me?
Last year, I had amazing opportunities to attend residencies at the acclaimed Banff Centre (Banff, AB) and Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI). After my Banff residency experience, I made it a goal for myself to attend an established American residency, followed by an international one. With your help, attending this residency will allow me to reach the personal goal that I set for myself last year, which means a great deal to me.
As a working artist, I was fortunate enough to receive fellowships and scholarships for my residencies last year. The SIM Residency, in Iceland, however, is 100% self-funded. I believe in the importance of artist residencies, as the content and quality of my work is greatly inspired by new environments, people and ideas. It was during my Ox-Bow residency that I first came up with the idea for my Pretty Boys Kill Me drawings, which led to this residency and an upcoming exhibition at Gallery Fukai in Vancouver next spring.
Roselina Hung - so damn hard, coloured pencil on paper, 26"x36", 2012
My first finished drawing from this series.
Pretty Boys Kill Me
This project explores my interest in the act of looking and appropriation in relation to beauty, love and desire in popular culture while allowing me to continue my examination of portraiture and its place in contemporary art. I will be creating several 26x36 inch coloured pencil drawings of repeat patterns of pretty boys. The images will be overlaid with text taken from personal e-mails, chats and texts, examining how words are used in communicating desire, wavering between lovingly sentimental and overtly sexual. This continues my investigation into both public and personal histories within my artwork.
I am interested in juxtaposing the text with images of these soft-featured men, who have been deified in contemporary culture and art history, as gods, angels and saints are often depicted as androgynous males. The hand drawn execution of the pattern work will teeter between being created lovingly, from a lover's point of view, and somewhat obsessively, not unlike an adolescent girl's fantasies. This project will focus on both process and final product. As the drawings will be labour intensive, I am interested in whether I am able to maintain the same level of obsessive detail or if my drawing capabilities will be affected, thereby alluding to the title of the project.
As all expenses related to the residency are paid by the artists, you will be helping me pay for:
- Residency fee
- Room & board
- Living expenses (food)
- Shipping work back to Vancouver
Every contribution helps, no matter how small, as I will still be paying for my studio/apartment/bills in Vancouver while I am away. I am taking unpaid leave from work to attend this residency, as it is too good an opportunity to pass up. Any extra funds raised over my goal will go towards preparations for my exhibition next year.
Some of the perks available as a thank you for your contribution (frames not included)
For every contribution made, I will offer my artwork in return, from prints to postcards to original drawings and paintings. Through supporting my art practice, you will get art in return - a win-win situation!
I am a practicing artist who has been building my career, both within Canada and abroad, since I received my MA Fine Art in 2004. This residency will be a unique experience that will expand my connections to the international art scene, as I will present my work through an artist talk and exhibition in Reykjavik. It will provide me with uninterrupted studio time, opening up my practice to new concepts about art, therefore advancing my career.
Other ways you can help
I understand that some of you may not be able to make monitary contributions, but you can still help by spreading the word about my project to your friends and family. Please show your support through sharing this on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for reading about and supporting my project.
To see more of my artwork, please visit: www.roselinahung.com
For more information on the SIM Residency, please visit: www.sim.is/sim-res