2018 Resident Artists, 2018 Workshop

Wrap-up, 2018 Goetemann Artist Residency

Time flies when you’re having fun and are surrounded by great art!

Terry Del Percio, Gloucester Invitational Artist, May

Terry is a local Gloucester artist whose work ranges from delightful drawings to large complex paintings (above left). Her closing talk took place in the Goetemann Artist Studio on Madfish Wharf

Maggie Dubris, Goetemann Residency Artist, June

Maggie was our first sound artist. By layering sounds, she creates audio environments. Not only did she drop her 10-meter hydrophone in the Gloucester Harbor, but she experimented at Niles pond as well.

Martin Swift, Goetemann Residency Artist, July

A resident of Washington’s, DC, Martin works in oil, focusing on haunting figurative works of friends and relatives (well, he started a portrait of his father for the first time while he was in the Residency).

Kathy Liao, 2018 Goetemann Distinguished Artist Teacher Workshop. August 6-9

Teacher Kathy Liao at top left and her students.

Deborah Redwood, Environmental Installation Artist, September

Visiting from Australia, Deborah scoured Cape Ann for metal objects that she could then deconstruct and weld into the graceful whale tail. Situated at Ocean Alliance, the tail wobbles gently in the wind. Her name for the piece: Dive Deep Within.

Azita Moradkhani , Goetemann Residency Artist, October

Born in Tehran, Azita has been on a year-and-a-half residency pilgrimage—she’s crossing the country, working on her art. Along the way, she’s getting to know Americans and letting them get to know her, someone from Iran. Her delicate work blends political and social statements.

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Azita Moradkhani

Closing Talk: On a chilly October evening, the Goetemann Residency Program for 2018 came to an end with Azita Moradkhani’s talk.  Ours has been just one of a series of back-to-back residencies for Azita, as she’s traveled this country getting to know us — and letting us get to know her. Her work is inspired by a visit to Victoria’s Secret when she was new to the US. Such things are really keep secret in her native Iran. Her grappling with the cultural differences has resulted in a body of work that melds the lacy with the newsworthy. A negligee is topped with a very masculine mustachioed face; a high-necked capelet bears an historic image of a nude “women who didn’t look comfortable.” Azita’s playing with paradoxes in her work that fuse into powerful statements that demand close inspection.


Opening Talk: Azita is a most engaging and thoughtful young artist. After a quick lesson in geography (Iran is not Iraq), pronunciation (it’s “ear-ran” not “eye-ran”) and language (they speak Farsi, not Arabic), Azita took us on a quick photographic tour of some of Iran’s great buildings, parks and natural wonders.

422AD978-B9D4-472A-8732-2490755DDDC7The impetus for her using women’s underwear to create her compelling drawings was her first trip into a Victoria’s Secret store. She’d seen nothing like it before, and it’s brazenness and sexuality affected her deeply.  She’s turned that into delicate drawings with powerful messages. You have to get close to one of her drawings to get the full impact. A visit while she’s here is an opportunity to discuss her work and get to know her.

azitamoradkhani-becomingexhibition-mwpai-2018Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran. There, she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, which increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence. She’s since turned that into her work and art-making process.

She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art in 2009, and both her MA in Art Education (2013) and MFA in drawing, painting and sculpture (2015) from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Turfts University.

As Moradkhani writes, the female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to her work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnuatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

04-azitamoradkhani-coloredpencils-2018She uses an aesthetic of pleasure to attract the viewer’s attention. Yet, upon closer inspection, through the layers of colored pencil, past the details of lace and filigree, the disruptive iconography becomes apparent, narrating inherited histories of nation and belief.

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Deborah Redwood

Deborah at work:  it’s been a busy month for Deborah as her whale tail has taken shape. Some of us have become quite well acquainted with the junk and metal dealers around Cape Ann (who knew there were so many!) as we’ve helped Deborah scout for materials. Don’t forget to join us tonight for the unveiling of Dive Deep Within.  


Opening Talk, September 4: Fresh from airplane hops across the globe from Australia, Deborah Redwood gave us a great overview of her work. She’s a scientist by training, and is fearless about attacking the twin demons of entropy (briefly, a gradual decline into disorder) and climate change. Her sculptures reflect the delicacy

of underwater sea fans and the beleaguered Coral Reef in Australia. Deborah’s a surfer and a diver, so the sea is of great importance to her. Her participation in the Goetemann Artist Residency is part of her Master’s program — help her out by visiting the Ocean Alliance site this month and providing feedback.


In September, Goetemann Artist Residency program welcomes its second Environmental Installation Artist, Deborah Redwood. A sculptor and installation artist from Australia, Deborah will be working on site at the end of Rock Neck at the Ocean Alliance.

Starfish, by Deborah Redwood. Steel (found objects)

Adept at construction and metalworking, Deborah submitted a proposal that thrilled all on the selection committee: to weld a metal sculpture related to the research work done by Ocean Alliance.

A graduate of the College of Fine Arts (Sydney), Deborah has exhibited over the past decade in group and solo shows in Australia, Japan, China, India and the US. She uses recycled materials, particularly metal.

Deborah’s statement about Starfish (above): “…like any other marine animal with an exoskeleton, the starfish has created [its exockeleton] from calcium in the sand. Sand is the accumulation of a collection of other dead animals that have decayed. In the same way the starfish created by me is a collection of broken objects welded together to create something new.”

A special shout out to Gloucester’s own J&L Welding for helping with some necessary tools for Deborah’s work during her stay.

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Martin Swift

In July, the Goetemann Artist Residency welcomes Martin Swift, a Washington DC -based painter and illustrator who focuses on contemporary figurative realism and absurdist narrative.

Closing Talk: July 30, 7PM

Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10

Martin had a very productive month, from starting and finishing canvasses to starting a painting of his father.

Opening Conversation: Held July 2, 7 PM, Cultural Center Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St.

Martin Swift gave the opening talk for his monthlong residency on a hot Monday evening. His brief slide show took us through his evolution as an artist from his first figure paintings to his more experimental, very  recent work.  Martin works from photographs, so he has been able to bring along several canvasses to work on while on Rocky Neck. Developing what he calls a “natural realism,” he cites German artist Neo Rauch as an influence.

Look for the Open Studio sign on Madfish Wharf to check in on Martin’s progress (you might even get a glimpse of his astounding pen-and-ink sketchbook). This is Martin’s first Residency, so do stop by and chat with him. Below are two examples of his different styles in ink and oils:



“Billy” Oil on canvas

Through oil paintings and detailed pen and ink drawings, Martin Swift investigates compelling ideas of gender, sexuality, childhood uncertainty and science fiction. Martin graduated with a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon in 2012, and has shown internationally in Berlin, London, New York, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh.