Olivia Kathigitis, Artist
La Wayaka Current - Arctic 78°N caught my attention for its devotion to the environments and people it aligns itself with. My aim for the Arctic residency was to use the time and unique experience as a research residency. To form and gather new ideas and concepts from the landscape and people tied to the land. This residency was a unique experience and I tried to use my time and energy as wisely as I could.
I quickly learnt the importance of the elements. The weather dictates everything. Nothing is spared on the island; everything has a meaning and purpose. Collecting colour schemes, abstract commonalities, and the stories of the island. I have collected and developed a wide range of ideas and concepts from this residency. I picked up new tools, new designs and attentively listened to the history of the landscape. This was an incredible experience that I will wear proudly - brandishing my journey as a milestone.
Wendy Pye, Photographer
The residency to the Norwegian Arctic offered an opportunity to be part of a supported artist led project, living and working in a wild remote arctic landscape in an area of the world that has always intrigued me. It gave me quality time to research and develop new ideas to support the production of a new series of photographic works based on my on-going interests relating to the landscape. It was a special time to immerse myself in to nature and reflect, think, create, sit, sleep, and walk in an inspiring remote, otherworldly landscape at the edge of the world. For me the most transforming aspect was living in the perpetual light, losing sense of time was a tonic that inspired my creative energy.
The directors held a supportive, nurturing artist residency space. They willingly shared their research of the location which eased everyone in to the residency and they maintained a supportive atmosphere throughout.
Ryan Meyer, Artist
The La Wayaka Arctic residency was a life-changing experience. Three weeks exploring and making work in this foreign landscape ended a creative block and provided rich material for inspiration.
I know this sounds cliché but the residency really did change my life. The creative block that I was experiencing beforehand disappeared and I left with several new projects and tons of photo/video/audio/written data.
Ng Hui Hsien, Photographer
Being in a remote, expansive place for three weeks gave me the time and space I needed to reflect and create a new body of work. While I was there, I was able to witness shifts in the moods of nature. The residency was also a good base from which I could wander and gather additional raw materials for my work.
Jue Yang, Writer
Reading the La Wayaka Current mission statement was like finding a group of like-minded friends. I was quite sure the solitude as well as the connection to remote local communities would help me define my practice, so I applied right away.
I created two definable projects throughout the residency, which has helped me articulate my practice and conceptualize future works. But more importantly, I met people with whom I shared a space, meals, drinks and conversations, all of which made me feel at home. Such feeling might not sound as profound as being enlightened or transformed, but it affirms my search for a nourishing environment for creativity and growth.
I understand better now about the kind of community of which I would like to be a part and to which I would willingly contribute: a place where one can remain honest, open, warm and thus, oneself. I have been so very grateful for the group of people I met and became friends with during the residency. Not only was I able to find inspiration from the locality, I was deeply moved by what felt like my adopted family.