Past Artists In Residence
In a city where are spaces are disappearing, we are proud to partner with Big Medium for our LINE Residency—a six week opportunity for local artists to experiment and create in a new environment.
Saul Jerome E. San Juan
Saul Jerome E. San Juan is an artist working primarily with oil painting, watercolors, and cyanotypes. Born in the Philippines, San Juan moved to the USA at age fourteen, studying art as an undergraduate at Loyola in Chicago before coming to Austin in 2007 to complete a graduate degree in architecture at the University of Texas. Through choices of technique, medium, and subject matter, San Juan wishes to disarm his own preconceptions and others’ presumed preconceptions about self-identity and otherness. After years of struggling (and continuing to struggle) with societal propriety as a queer, male, cis-gendered, postcolonial immigrant of color in a world dominated by Anglo-American masculinity, San Juan channels his idiosyncratic desires through art that indulges the overlooked in-between: primitively elegant, irreverently musky, and understatedly handsome, like Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country in the bright, quietly intense heat of the summertime.
View more of San Juan’s work, here.
Natalia Rocafuerte is a xicanx experimental video and sound artist exploring dreams as narratives of self. Her current project explores symbols in our dreams by animating recorded calls through her dream hotline (888) 573-2186. Rocafuerte has exhibited at the 2018 Young Latinx Artists at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX as well as being featured in Remezcla for “Top 40 Latinx Texas Artists to Know in 2020.” Rocafuerte has hosted various workshops for young and older artists through The Contemporary Austin, Ballroom Marfa, and Civic Arts-Austin. Natalia is interested in the phenomenology of dreams, video aesthetics, experimental mediums, rasquachismo and waking life. She grew up on both sides of the Rio Grande Border in Tamaulipas and Texas and became a naturalized USA citizen in 2019. Rocafuerte is a current Master of Fine Arts Candidate at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
View more of Natalia’s work, here.
Xavier Hamel is an emergent film director from Montréal, Quebec. He has directed films for an assortment of independent & commercial projects, including Visage Musique, Missy Industry, Lisbon Lux Records and many more. His work has also been included in numerous national & international festivals in Montréal, Brussels, Glasgow, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Sydney and more.
During Xavier’s time at the LINE, he worked on a documentary about actress and local Texan Shelley Duvall. He conducted interviews with Shelley at her home and editing his film while residing in the hotel’s Artist Studio.
View more of Xavier’s work, here.
Renee is an artist who works in painting and drawing who graduated with her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Studio Art with honors from Dartmouth College, and she also studied painting at the New York Studio School. Lai’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has work in the permanent collection of Dartmouth College. She most recently was an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.
View more of Renee’s work, here.
Moyo Oyelola is a photographer, multimedia artist and activist. He creates intimate, real interactions with his subjects and communities and synthesizes that into deep, universal activations expressed in multimedia, photography, environmental installations and public arts projects. Born in Nigeria, Moyo moved to Austin when he was seven. Having grown up as the “product of two worlds” has shaped his thinking and work, reflecting perspectives of pan-African and modern western worlds. Moyo’s work has been featured in brand films, advertising, editorial, music videos, environmental installations, personal projects, and an evolving number of public arts projects.
View more of Moyo’s work, here.
Manik Raj Nakra
Manik is a 36-year-old artist living, working and eating late night Thai food in Austin, Texas, USA. The paintings, drawings, and installations of Manik Raj Nakra take on the possibility of addressing the ancient world as his own. A world where four headed leopards perch on old world ruins and silver teethed monkeys pray for our salvation. With imagery consisting of teeming tropical jungles, exotic Asiatic animals, mythical kings, and ancient architecture, Nakra’s work applies a contemporary lens onto post-colonial anachronisms, Indian iconography, artifacts from early civilizations, and religious myths and folklore in order to explore themes such as egoism, lust, and self-doubt. These themes, handled with wild colors, stark compositions, and “pop” sensibilities, illuminate the historically rooted, but contemporarily relevant narratives, paranoia, and dreams of his time and place.
View more of Manik’s work, here.
Alie Jackson is a multimedia artist born and raised in Austin, TX. She received her BFA from Stephen F. Austin in 2010 for design and photography. Her work examines how the digital landscape is shaping the perception and behavior of ourselves, others, and objects around us through augmented reality, installation, video, animation, and painting. Her most recent work experiments with augmented reality and questions how people interact and interpret work when it’s attached to their face or viewed in an uncontrolled environment.
View more of Ali’s work, here.
Brooke Burnside was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. She earned her BA in Film from Vassar College, her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and just graduated from the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Texas at Austin. Through drawing and collage, Burnside’s work explores geography, position, memory, and the transgressive potential in abstract documentation.
View more of Brooke’s work, here.
Chelsea Hernandez is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, recently named as one of Texas Monthly’s 10 Filmmakers on the Rise. She is an 8-time Lone Star Emmy winning director, producer, and editor. Chelsea started her career in media at the ripe age of nine, hosting and co-producing a local children’s educational TV program with her mother. She studied film at Adelphi University and Brooklyn College in New York City where she gained internships at Steeplechase Films, home of documentary filmmaker Ric Burns (American Masters: Andy Warhol, Eugene O’Neill) and Jon Alpert’s (Cuba and the Cameraman, The Latin Explosion) Downtown Community Television (DCTV). She is a fellow of Firelight Media Doc Lab and Tribeca/A+E Edit Storylab and All Access.
View more of Chelsea’s work, here.
Adrian Armstrong is a multidisciplinary creative from Omaha, NE now living and working out of Austin, TX. Through portrait and figurative practices, Armstrong’s work explores identity and what it means to be a black person living in modern America. His work touches on topics such as depression within the black community, systematic oppression, and police brutality; but on the other side of the spectrum explores fashion, love, success, and growth.
View more of Adrian’s work, here.