Arteles Creative
residency program

Yolenth van den Hoogen
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Photography, video, crafts


"The outside in and the inside out"

Yolenth van den Hoogen is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. She completed her study as a textile designer and worked as a stylist for photography for many magazines, brands and campains, as well as a costume designer for film.

Her fascination for structures and rhythms in patterns she found back in photography of landscapes. She started to work on polaroid to capture the origin of perception. She travels to find parallel worlds: how do we perceive reality and how we try to create order and disorder in an imaginary mindscape.

‘As a child I was sensing, that there had to be a different perspective within the reality we perceive. Something I couldn't put into words. I found out in a later stage of my life that photography and moving images could give me the possibility to capture this. The spaces as we know them, to let them become new spaces, free from the references we learned. An environment in which we are able to walk around, to touch. It is a voyage into the unknown, anything can happen.’

Her works have been selected and exposed in Italy for Analogica and as part of the Verge of Ruin at the Milano Film Festival and in Venice at Spazio Aereo, Acud Macht Neu in Berlin and Art Rotterdam. In The Netherlands with Folkert de Jong at the Eye Film Museum and Galery Fons Welters. Next to that, she is a member of the YAE collective - their works were part of the exhibition 'Weird Science' at the GEM in The Hague.
Her video for 'Doctrine of Salvation' from Folkert de Jong is recently added to the collection of the Gemeente Museum in The Hague.
Sophie Tusler Byerley
Brooklyn, USA


My work is centered around cultural conceptions of permanence, how these influence culture and history and create the illusion of progress. I’m interested in the ways that objects are ordered and prioritized to form material culture, how meaning accumulates with age.

Using photographs and found material gathered from exhibitions, archives, and digital sources, I seek to investigate the materiality of the historical image and its ability to be re-molded and re-used in a contemporary context – both as representation and as object. These visual reconfigurations invite the viewer to experience consuming historical material as a performative act, and to consider his or her role in the creation of value systems and dominant narratives.

My work examines the unique role that photographs play in these systems of visual exchange and display, how they create meaning, how narratives are constructed and remolded over time. Images quickly replace the memory of what has been seen.

Laura C. Wright
Seattle, USA

Fiber, digital art, pedagogic practices


Laura C. Wright is an artist and educator exploring communication through the intersections of fiber arts, digital technology, visual media, and participatory practices in order to amplify stories and histories that go unrecognized in our landscape. This work manifests as site-specific installations, interactive projects, and community-based programming, responding to issues relative to the people and locations in which she works. Her artistic practice is defined by a desire to develop new pedagogical models for supporting creativity and empowerment on a grassroots level, a focus that leads her to work in informal arts education.

She was the creator and organizer of a six-year community based filmmaking project in Seattle, called the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival and continues to develops site-specific projects in Seattle, Washington to address the impacts of the tech-boom on housing and quality-of-life in her neighborhood.

Laura received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Washington in 2004. In 2013 she completed a second MFA from the UCSC Digital Arts and New Media program to provide her with a greater understanding the of tools and language of communication in the digital age.

Coby Baker
Melbourne, Australia

Photography, visual arts


I am a photographer and visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. I have recently graduated from the Photography Studies College, where my work examined the ideas of sexuality as well as belonging through the use of self portraiture and still life photography. My work at Arteles is a self exploration, multimedia project that will delve into my family heritage which originates from Finland, and my pursuit for a personal Arcadia.

Chunghsuan Lan
Taipei, Taiwan

Fine Art


"Imagine there's no heaven..."

Chunghsuan Lan(b.1991) is an artist from Taipei, Taiwan. He got his MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, New York. From his image-based art - photography, readymade images, video, installation, and poetry, Chunghsuan Lan suspects the process of socialization, the man-made restrictions, and the self-limitation.

"Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today

Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one" by a human
Peter Claassens
South Africa

Visual fine art, textile, pattern making


Peter's work presents to the viewer a self-reflexive journey, where composition has emerged through a process of obsessive mark making whilst meditating on insignificant moments in pursuit of no end. In essence the artwork becomes a representation of advancing, meditating and obsession.

The work encapsulates the liminal moments between the start and the finish: a transitional point, a step back, a pause, and tranquility. It serves as a reminder of the importance of the journey, and that a journey is not simply about reaching a destination: sometimes it is important to eb in the moment and to forget the journey's end. It signifies the consideration of space occurring between two ponts. It conveys a state of suspension, the weird and wonderful and sometimes bizarre, self-awareness and reality.
Vikki Wiercinski

Drawing, visual art, design



Vikki is a visual artist and graphic designer who hails from the northern outpost of Edmonton, Canada. In late 2015 she started Neon Prairie, a series of drawings which feeds directly from her experiences in nature. Her restrained pieces reflect the landscapes she inhabits as well as the topographies, flora and natural patterns that surround her and she approaches them with combinations of vibrant colour and pattern that cannot be ignored. The Neon Prairie series is the basis for her second public art commission that installs in the city of Edmonton in the spring of 2018. Her interests include the psychology of colour and drawing as meditation.
Yumi Arai
Tokyo, Japan

Art, installation, textile


installation,art direction,making objects mainly textile I aim creating with storyline and having the theme about the memories of childhood.

At arteles, I want to feel the nature especialy forest in Finland. I heard that finish people have strong connection between forest and human.They grow up together.

What is "forest" for us...
And according to the world of native people "Sami" in Finland and "Ainu" in Japan have many common points.They think "bear" is god of forest. For me, it's same. When I was small, I had teddy bear and we shared a lot of memories always. For me it's like friend or alter ego.. or god.

My theme is spirituality of forest combined with my memories.
Emma Dove
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Moving image & sound


I am an artist filmmaker based in rural Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. I make work for screening and installation, incorporating long-take cinematography and immersive sound design, layering voice, field recordings and music.

My work explores the narratives of life that often go unnoticed day to day, from the banal to the private and the concealed. My current research for work-in-progress examines the taboos that surround the physicality of death in Western culture and how death practices differ between cultures, change over time and may change in the future.
Steve Salo
Victoria, Australia

Visual arts, painting

"Through the visual voice of painting, I communicate emotion."

Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary artist, best known for his emotive portraiture and landscape paintings.

“We are complex of mind and spirit, my intent as a contemporary portrait artist is to explore the human psyche through painting these complexities. I am interested in portraying this aspect rather than focussing on the surface level alone. My landscape paintings also go beyond the visual perception, I am more concerned with portraying the feelings evoked by being in a place.”

Steve’s profile as a contemporary artist continues to grow, with his paintings being shortlisted in prestigious prizes across Australia and awarded a prize in Florence, Italy. His works are in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Europe and the UK. The Arteles residency in Finland is Steve's first artist residency. Paintings from the residency will be shown at the Embassy of Finland in Canberra, Australia, in late 2017 as part of the event program for Suomi Finland 100 centenary of independence.
Fiona Hunter
Glasgow, Scotland

Visual art & design, photography

"Concept-led artist/designer based in Glasgow "

I am a Glasgow based visual artist and designer, recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art with 1st Class degree in Communication Design. Mostly, I work conceptually, situating somewhere between the realms of art and design. However, I am keen to become more in touch with my instinctual making.

Recently, my practice has focused on social and political issues. I am fascinated by the visual language used for political means and in protest, with much of my research in my final year stemming from this. I am eager to continue this line of work. Additionally, I am interested in the conflicting relationship between the need for artists to make something visually pleasing and the need for a meaningful piece of work. This is a battle that I am constantly experiencing in my own practice. This, coupled with the intrinsic need to make work, and the inhibiting factors of everyday life are things I wish to explore. Whilst this may seem disparate from my interest in socio-political issues, I see them as closely linked. Where does the artist’s role in social issues begin and end? How important is it that current affairs are explored through art, can art become a practical tool for change, and how can we keep our intrinsic enjoyment of making whilst dealing with serious issues and considering fair representation?
Matt Carlson
Chicago, USA

Video, film, sound


"Remember the sound of waves pulling back through the hair of beaches."

I’m a freelance videographer/filmmaker currently working and living in Chicago, United States. My work ranges from experimental to documentary, to promotional, to music videos and more. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 earning a degree in communication and film. Since then I have worked on a multitude of professional and personal creative video and audio projects.

I love to film the world around me, life and create meaning out of the seemingly meaningless. I plan to use my time at Arteles to create and produce an ambitious documentary film with experimental blood. I am highly influenced by my environment and am looking forward to being inspired by the beautiful Finnish nature as well as collaborating with artists of different disciplines and backgrounds. I’m excited to see how Arteles’s unique environment influences and shapes my work.

This residency is made possible by an extremely generous group of friends, family, and strangers via crowdfunding on Indiegogo. I plan to screen my completed film in Chicago and online after the residency concludes this fall.
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