Winners of the 360 Xochi Quetzal 2016 Winter Residency
This year we have invited two writers, two visual artists and one musician to attend the residency in Chapala, Mexico. They are all engaged in exciting work and span four decades of ages, and hail from all over the US and Europe.
Sean Hammer is a young novelist from New York City, who bravely chose a career in writing over law. His writing is breathtaking, moving, and deeply contemplative. He will be working on a novel that spans three countries and eighty years. He sometimes writes on his beloved bright orange Smith Corona Karmann Ghia Super G manual typewriter, which will accompany him to Chapala. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6565660.Sean_Hammer
Heidi Souffriau describes her original writing in equally original terms. She sees herself as a recordist, one who records dreams and conversations. Her intention is “to make people laugh and to transfer a feeling of awe towards the peculiar magic of everyday life” and to enable her readers “to meet with the poetry in their own existence.” She draws inspiration from shamanic tradition and tribal life.
Louis Chinn is a musician, performance artist, puppeteer and educator from Oakland, CA. Chinn’s Chinese and First Nation roots are seamlessly integrated into his tribal and nature inspired global music, which he creates in a manner more commonly used by collage artists. His multi-media work fuses social activism, community building and awareness of one’s self in the context of nature. He is excited about connecting and collaborating with Chapala’s extensive music and art community. http://www.louischinn.com/
Jennifer Angus comes to us as an installation artist with an impressive international reputation. 360 Xochi Quetzal not only supports emerging artists, but also rewards and celebrates those who have stayed the creative course for decades. Jennifer, an art professor at the University of Wisconsin, is best known for her highly decorative and powerful wallpaper installations that are composed from insects. She explores the dualities of home and comfort as contrasted by the disgust and uncleanliness generally associated with insects. It seems only natural that she has been drawn to Mexico, home of Cochineal the magnificent red dye harvested from bugs. http://www.jenniferangus.com/
Santiago Galeas is a wildly talented young Latino painter from Philadelphia. In an art world dominated by painting, Santiago’s oil portraits of people of color are truly spectacular and original. It is very exciting to support such a young artist (25) and see where his career will take him. http://www.santiagogaleas.com/
In addition to these five talented residents, we also welcome Louis’s creative partner, Meng Yu, who collaborates with him and is a visual artist. Jennifer’s son Sasa will be joining her for two weeks to assist her in the studio. And rounding out our creative community, two other writers will also be in Chapala: our writing juror and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Alice B. Fogel and acclaimed Iranian-American novelist Anita Amirezanni, who will be here on personal residencies. For more information about the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency in Mexico including personal residencies: http://www.360xochiquetzal.com