Carol Padberg (Albuquerque, USA)
Art, Textiles, Education
Carol Padberg is an interdisciplinary artist, and the founding director of the Nomad MFA. Her art has been the subject of exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Projects have been featured at the Walker Art Center, MoMA, and the Creative Time Summit at the Venice Biennale. Her writings and presentations on regenerative culture have been published by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts Quarterly, and featured at many conferences, including the InSEA European Congress at Aalto University, the College Art Association’s Annual Conference, Open Engagement, and the Unruly Engagements Conference. Her initiatives explore resiliency through poetic intervention and pragmatic engagement.
Ione Maria Rojas (MEXICO/UK)
Multidisciplinary Artist & Food Grower
My practice is multidisciplinary and includes working with land, earth, clay, plants, ink, words, books, animals, creatures and people. Sometimes I focus on one of these mediums, often I work across many and am excited by the connections and differences between them. I am currently based in Devon and have spent the past few years moving between the UK and Mexico, spending time with the friends, family and land I am connected to in each place.
Kathryn Shuman (California, USA)
Singer, Performer, Composer
As a singer, she is recognized for her “striking and clear tone, with excellent attention to detail” (composer/performer Meredith Monk). Her unique ability to sing a variety of styles make her a sought after performing and recording artist. Shuman has performed with companies including LA’s leading avant-garde opera company, The Industry, LA Master Chorale, LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, Jacaranda and has had work commissioned by Wild Up and the Floating concert series. Kathryn’s music explores and features physical spaces including basement gallery spaces, concert halls, and outdoor environments (canyons and bus stops, etc.) One of her current composition projects “Music for Landscapes and Musicians” asks vocalists and instrumentalists to collaborate with outdoor environments creating and responding to echoes. A record she released with collaborator and bass player/composer Ben Finley under Kat & Ben, “Cycles on Cycles” (2018) was described as featuring “musical shifts [that] frequently follow a certain kind of dream logic — simultaneously disorienting and familiar, surreal and natural” by NEXTBOP. With an interest in migratory birds and their decreasing numbers, Kathryn embarked on bike/music tours following migratory bird paths on the east and west coast. She has created songs featuring field recordings from her trips. Shuman is a dedicated music educator and a member of the voice faculty at Pasadena City College and Riverside City College.
Sofia Arredondo (Mexico City)
Sofia’s artistic practice has circled around a wide range of creative fields, driven mainly by an exploration of space and its relationship with the surrounding environment, both as an artist and a designer. Her work integrates different media that ranges from illustration, screen printing, collage and photography to 3d and lighting installation. With a BA in industrial design studies, her professional experience in Mexico included designing spaces for theatre, interior, music performances, festivals and film. After completing an MPS program in architectural lighting in NYC, she joined a design firm where she worked in lighting projects for interiors, exteriors, landscaping and urban lighting while I independently experimented in the field of stage lighting for concerts and dance projects. With studies in regenerative development and design, her recent practice explores the intersection of art, culture and ecology in search of new forms of perception and interaction with our environment. Through the experimentation of different media that includes graphic techniques, photography, collage and installation, her work investigates the multiple interdependent relationships that integrate a specific story of place as a living system.