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Wassaic’s winter artists

Wassaic’s Maxon Mills has been bustling with artists: its winter residency program is in full swing. Nine artists, the current winter residents, came in December and will be there until March.  
Kija Lucas comes from California. She is a photographer with an interest in people’s cherished possessions. Her dying grandmother was her inspiration. “She started collecting objects that seemed really random to me, and packing them,” said Lucas. “She thinks she is going somewhere and somebody will be picking her up. It’s Sundowners Syndrome. I started thinking about objects we hold on to … things that feel important to us.”
Lucas is working on a photo series, “Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment.” Lucas would like anyone to come to her studio with one cherished object.  Lucas will photograph the object, and it will be included in her ongoing series. 
Lucas received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco Art Institute. Her graduate degree is from Mills. Email her at kija.lucas@gmail.com
Ryann Slauson works in sculpture, screen-printing, painting and video. One of her most unique works is a giant papier-mâché mask of Dustin Hoffman’s head. She then wore the mask in nothing but a T-shirt, underwear and socks for a photograph entitled “A Self Portrait as Dustin Hoffman in an Imagined Scene from The Graduate.” 
Slauson is working on a Neil Young costume to be used in future photography and video pieces. Slauson has a B.F.A. from the University of South Florida. Her work was recently exhibited at the Trestle Projects in Brooklyn and at the PUNCH gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her work can be seen at ryannslauson.com. 
Terence Diamond is a transgendered dramatic fiction writer, theatre critique, theatre journalist and storyteller. He has a master’s degree from New York University. He won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgendered Fiction of 2012 for his short story “Tomboy of the Western World,” which was published in the anthology The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Diamond is working on a narrative entitled Big Pink Meat.  
Loren Nosan, 32, is from Detroit. She works with mixed media in sculptures and installations. She says her work is about transformations, birth and rebirth, and sacred space in the natural world using archetypal and abstract symbols. Nosan compares these human experiences with mundane realities, meanwhile exploring the human condition. 
“I am using my time at Wassaic to refresh and renew my spirit and mess around in my studio,” said Nosan. “I am grateful to have some uninterrupted creative time in this beautiful, energizing, and inspiring landscape and community.”
Nosan holds a B.A. from Colgate and a post-baccalaureate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work can be seen at www.lorennosan.com
John Ros came to Wassaic from London. He owns two studios, one in London and a second in New York. He has a B.F.A from SUNY Binghamton and a M.F.A from CUNY Brooklyn. His work is also online at johnros.com. 
“I currently run a transient gallery, galleryELL (galleryELL.com) and teach at the City Literary Institute in London,” said Ros. 
Ros gathers wood, paper, lights, and plugs from the sites he is exhibited in. His installations bend light and run against the grain in the most abstract of shapes. 
He has shown in galleries in London, New York and Connecticut.  
Ros is a first-generation American in his mid thirties of Canadian and Cuban descent. Ros will be researching the hamlet at Maxon Mills. “My environments invite the viewer to contemplate on their own placement within any given space,” he said. 
Fiona Buchanan is a painter with a B.F.A. from Boston University. Her painting is described as “free form.” 
Manuel Hernández Márquez, Gabriella Roth and Maria Negulescu also exhibit their works at Wassaic’s Maxon Mills, but they were not available for interviews.  
 
Posted: 2/4/2015