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The First Week

about 1 month ago, by Jai Undurti
The First Week

It has been a week since I've arrived at Hub Feenix. The first weekend was a hint that winter had not yet fully relinquished his grip on the land. Like the last remnants of a retreating army, heaps of snow still lay on the ground. The mornings had a chill that had your tropical writer burrow into the nest of blankets. Now already it seems a memory. The earth is quickening into life. In ever widening gyres, I find paths into the woods and fields that surround the centre. I see hares, and once, a particularly handsome cat, yesterday there were deer disporting on the football field. The writing goes slowly, but that is to be expected. Sometimes, improving the empty page is the hardest thing there is.

Mayari the Moon Goddess

5 months ago, by Corazon (Cora) Higgins
Mayari the Moon Goddess

Another 2 meter-tall goddess has had her portrait completed!! I am in love with the process of learning about these deities and then figuring out how to interpret them through my lens and palette. Mayari is especially important to me as she comes from my mother's culture in the Philippines. Even though (and probably because!) my family from the Philippines may not know much about indigenous, pre-colonial practices from the Philippines, I felt compelled to bring her to life. Mayari is the moon goddess, and is known to carry a baston (long bamboo stick weapon), and to have only one eye, due to losing one in a fight with her younger brother! Well, I used to have lots of fights with my brothers, but thankfully no one lost an eye ;)

6 feet high and rising...

6 feet high and rising...

8 months ago, by Corazon (Cora) Higgins

Something happened! The goddess paintings suddenly got BIG!!! The final water vaki from last month was twice the size of the ones done in Finland, but Ishtar is nearly two meters tall. These paintings are demanding a lot of research and experimentation, and each one has much to teach me about the spiritual practices of ancient civilizations, just like the discovery of the vaki of Finland.

6 feet high and rising...

6 feet high and rising...

8 months ago, by Corazon (Cora) Higgins

Something happened! The goddess paintings suddenly got BIG!!! The final water vaki from last month was twice the size of the ones done in Finland, but Ishtar is nearly two meters tall. These paintings are demanding a lot of research and experimentation, and each one has much to teach me about the spiritual practices of ancient civilizations, just like the discovery of the vaki of Finland.

The vaki followed me back to the US!

9 months ago, by Corazon (Cora) Higgins
The vaki followed me back to the US!

I came back from a month at Hub Feenix with my heart and mind full to the brim with ideas and information. More importantly, I felt a sense of healing and belonging that had been missing. After a year of despair, something about the loving environment at "The Hub" helped me feel safe enough to process and speak about trauma and sadness with no fear. When I arrived back in the US, even though I had to immediately jump into a very packed and hectic teaching schedule, I still found time to paint the final water vaki, which was calling to me from the lake...

The lake

The lake

10 months ago, by Judith Porter

My introduction to the lake on Day 1 with Hanna. The weather was beautiful thereafter.

Hub Feenix

11 months ago, by Dymphie Kies
Hub Feenix

Hi there, my name is Dymphie Kies and I am living in the Netherlands.

As a visual artist and a systemic coach I guide people to understand their life stories and the underlaying emotions which gave direction.
In my artworks I prefer smooth materials like textiles, cotton, silk and wool, preferably recycled so the material in itself is already telling a story.
For the next 4.5 weeks I will continue to search for and to investigate the theme “Light in Finland”, which I initiated back in 2016 at an AiR in Hauho.
People are influenced by the colors of the light, every second of the day, over and over again. This time I’ll use my camera to give even more expression to the fabric works.

If you are interested in the results of 2016 look at my blog on my website www.dymphiekies.nl

Warm greetings !!

Working through works-in-progress

11 months ago, by Naakai
Working through works-in-progress

I arrived at Hub Feenix 10 days ago and so far have been settling in and picking up where I left off with two digital art projects. It is beautiful here - colorful, peaceful, full of friendly people.

The first project I've been focusing on is part of a series called 'Come Home,' a digital collage project about an othered person searching for belonging. I am also beginning to draft the concept for a follow-up to 'are ex - i,' a digital collage project I completed last year based on some photos, journals, dreams, and musings about life with multiple sclerosis. I did not realize there could be more to this project until I arrived here, but after a year of taking a very unconventional path to living with this disability, it turns out there are more reflections that want to come through.

My published books so far

My published books so far

12 months ago, by Andrée Laurier

Adding on to the past

I have published eight books of fiction with several publishers, six novels and two novellas. Some shown here are second editions. My next novel is to be published shortly and, as I write this post, my tenth book is underway, born at Hub Feenix and inspired by my unforgettable stay there.

The novel is there

The novel is there

12 months ago, by Andrée Laurier

The novel has taken shape

Less than three weeks after my arrival, I have written and edited the first chapters of a first draft of the novel. I expect this form to be the definitive one. What was to be a sombre story has become a showcase of life and light. A fine adventure of the spirit. This is the way Hub Feenix has spoken to me. Vividly and profoundly.

Ideas coming together

Ideas coming together

about 1 year ago, by Andrée Laurier

Random notes I had taken in the previous months started to come together and make sense at Hub Feenix. But finding a voice and proper technique for the novel was necessary. It would emerge from this place and its unique story and setting.

New contacts!

New contacts!

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma

Our February artist in residence, Korean children book writer Hyun-Jeong Jeon, visiting Finnish illustrator and children book writer Sanna Pelliccioni at her studio in Helsinki. What a wonderful and inspiring afternoon!

The two winters of Hyun-Jeong Jeon

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma
The two winters of Hyun-Jeong Jeon

Our February artist in residence, Korean children book writer Hyun-Jeong Jeon, wanted to come to Finland because she was inspired by the works of the Finnish symbolist painter Hugo Simberg. She wanted to experience the dark time of the year in Finland. When she arrived, all the snow had melted, and we had an atmospheric wintertime painted with dark, gentle, subtle tones. And then, at about halfway through her residency, we got tons of beautiful, white snow - a completely different kind of winter!

Wonders of the winter forest

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma
Wonders of the winter forest

The earth’s slowest telegram,
a telegram
that never arrives:
everywhere it is already there

(Hans Magnus Enzenberger, poem lichen knowledge)

Anja Fiedler is a concept artist specialiced in Food Art. She calls her work “art in action” or “social sculptures” – inspired by Joseph Beuys, who wanted his art to encourage people to actively shape their society. (Stadtmachtsatt.de)

Here´s an article in our local newspaper Etelä-Uusimaa about the multidisciplinary art event "Culinary Poetry" organized by Anja Fiedler and Elena Botts at Hub Feenix in January 2023. In the picture Anja is admiring the lichens in the magic winter forest near Hub Feenix.

January lights

January lights

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma

Elena Botts is a multimedia artist from New York and our January artist in residence.
unknown sound collective (https://sites.google.com/view/elenabotts/work)

We Eat The Earth @ Culinary Poetry

We Eat The Earth @ Culinary Poetry

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma

What an interesting and inspiring adventure we had on a January Sunday afternoon at Hub Feenix! Our artist in residence Anja Fiedler prepared a Michelin-class menu from peat, lichen, birch, sap and other surprising delicacies from Finnish forest.

The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma

Elena Botts, a multimedia artist from New York, was inspired by the January light in the snowy forest trails around Hub Feenix. She was especially interested in the blue light of the winter dimlight - the blue hour. On her walks she gathered material for her beautiful, experimental video and sound art.

Culinary Poetry

Culinary Poetry

over 1 year ago, by Hanna Holma

Hub Feenix January 2023 artists in residence, Anja Fiedler from Berlin and Elena Botts from New York, created an inspiring and innovative art event Culinary Poetry together.

The audience had the opportunity to taste unique Michelin-level delicacies created from the treasures of the Finnish forest, for example lichen, peat and birch, and experience an experimental live multimedia performance by unknownsoundcollective.

Unforgettable and beautiful experience for all the senses!