SACI Alum, Emily Jay, completes Kunstnarhuset Messen residency in Ålvik, Norway

Emily Jay

Emily Jay in photographing at the Hardangar fjord in Norway

This summer, Emily Jay, SACI Alum (Spring 2009, Late Spring 2012) and former SACI Media Area Teaching Assistant (2013-14), was invited to be an artist in residence for the months of July and August at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik, Norway.

Located in a small town in western Norway right on the Hardangar fjord, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Kunstnarhuset Messen continues a long Hardanger tradition. For hundreds of years artists have been coming to find inspiration in the fjord landscapes of this area, possibly the most well-known being the Norwegian romantic national painters.

Emily’s resulting projects from her residency, “the mountain of gardens you gave me/they were not what they seemed,” a video and photo piece, and “ōrō,” an altar in the Norwegian woods, can be seen below.

“In my time at Kunstnarhuset Messen, I completed a series of photo and video projects exploring how we leave vestiges of ourselves in the places we reside, and how those places take root within us. I’m particularly interested in how we demarcate the past from the present within a landscape and within ourselves, and seeing how that is reflected in the harsh and beautiful landscape of Norway.”  – Emily Jay

Emily exhibited her works at the KH Messen Open House, along with four other artists participating in the summer-long, international residency.

See more of her work on her website:

Read more about the Kunstnarhuset Messen residency:

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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