Valerie Sullivan Fuchs

Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is a visual artist primarily working in video, video installation, creating new media video installations by using sustainable practices.  Her interest in science, technology and spirituality creates a tension in her landscape based works solar powered generating pieces, solar light boxes, and more recently hydroelectricity.  Her deep affection for the rural landscape, began on the sustainable farm she grew up on in Northern Kentucky, is reflected in artwork  of primarily landscapes and the relation we   produces a new way to think of the landscape of the land, emphasizes the unseen, invisible relationships of medium to nature and each other and how these attitudes and values affect the land. Fuchs’ artworks of landscapes In 01:02;08,  Fuchs filmed a nearby field of waving grass, then printed each frame and projected it back onto the stack of printed stills, disrupting the images of Fuchs is a Kentucky rural based/raised artist with artwork in major collections including 21c Museum, Louisville, & Revive Corporation, Laura Lee Brown & Steve Wilson and others. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including, Sweden, Estonia, Austria and California, and New York, NY.

For the 2019 Works on Water/Underwater New York Residency on Governors Island, I will continue to look at a different approach to energy, the unseen energy, manifested through intention and transference. I plan to focus on my ritual/performance aspect of my artwork, The Language of Water.  I was inspired by the Hidden Messages of Water, a book written by Masaru Emoto, about his research on the enigmatic nature of water. Emoto placed water in containers with negative and positive words written on them, which he would freeze, and then with a microscopic camera, record the crystalline structures. His findings demonstrated that positive words/phrases, like “thank you, gratitude” would produce a more perfect structure of the frozen water. Accordingly, negative words, like “fool” would produce imperfect structures.

Cory Tamler

During my residency, I will be developing water dramaturgy as an approach to performance-making and writing for performance, editing the output from a water dramaturgy-focused playwriting residency into a publication, and researching histories and narratives of the Penobscot River in Maine.

Cory Tamler ( has created and participated in research-based performance projects in the United States, Germany, and Serbia, and has worked with museums and companies including the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Civilians, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, James Gallery, Sprat Artistic Ensemble, Yinzerspielen, and the School of Making Thinking. A core artist with civic arts organization OpenWaters(Maine), Cory has written a play about small-scale farming and a book of performance scores based on migratory fish. Cory was a Fulbright Scholar (Berlin) and her academic and critical writing and translations have been published in The Mercurian, Studies in Musical Theatre, Asymptote, Culturebot, The Offing, Extended Play, Howlround, and SCENA. As a Ph.D. student in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY, she studieswaterdramaturgy andworksto connect physics and theatre as historically determined stories about the world. She teaches in the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and is a member of Commitment Experiment, an experimental performance collective in Brooklyn.

Susannah Ray

The intersection of city and water is at the heart of Susannah Ray’s photography and extends her early interest in landscape photography, which she uses as a form of visual geography, rendering the complex interrelationships of place, people, history, and ideology. During her June residency in the Project Space, Susannah Ray showed large scale photographs from her series “Down For the Day,” a long-term look at urban beach use in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Her previous project, “A Further Shore,” was exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in 2017-2018 and was published in 2017 by Hoxton Mini Press, East London, UK as New York Waterways. Susannah Ray has also had solo exhibitions at Bonni Benrubi Gallery and Albright College and been in numerous group exhibitions, notably at The Museum of the City of New York and The Queens Museum. Her photographs have been widely featured and reviewed in publications including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The British Journal of Photography, The Surfer’s Journal, The Independent UK, and The Wall Street Journal

Leah Harper

In residence September

Leah Harper is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in art, architecture, and design. Influenced by organic forms and ecosystems, she creates sculptures and installations that explore the balance between nature and the built environment. Her interest in water art and environmental issues developed from her experiences growing up in South Florida. Having witnessed disappearing marine life, rising water levels, and intensifying hurricanes, she uses art to give physical form and presence to the effects of climate change. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Willa Carroll

In residence October 2019

Willa Carroll is a writer and performer. Her first book, Nerve Chorus, was one of Entropy Magazine’s Best Poetry Books of 2018. A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she won Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ7 Poetry Prize and Narrative Magazine’s Third Annual Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Rumpus, Tin House, and many other publications. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her videos have been featured in Narrative Outloud, Tuesday; An Art Project, Writers Resist, and elsewhere. Carroll has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including text-based projects with her filmmaker husband. She lives in NYC.

Clarinda Mac Low

Clarinda Mac Low will be working on the next version of Sunk Shore, a speculative, experiential tour of our climate changed future that takes place along specific shorelines, created in collaboration with Carolyn Hall (in residence in September). The tour is based in a deep dive into climate change data, and is built to make the facts more physically tangible. This is the second year that the tour will be happening on Governors Island and Mac Low wants to know--what is YOUR vision of the future? You can sign up for a visit and conversation here--bring your expertise into the picture. Also, objects from the future may appear in studio.

Clarinda Mac Low began in dance and molecular biology and now creates participatory events investigating social constructs and corporeal experience. She is Executive of Culture Push, an organization linking artistic practice and civic engagement, and one of the co-founders and core team members of Works on Water. Mac Low’s recent work includes: “Sunk Shore,” a speculative tour of the future; “Incredible Witness,” game-based investigation of the sensory origins of empathy; “Free the Orphans,” spiritual and intellectual implications of intellectual property in a digital age; and "Cyborg Nation," public conversation on the technological body and intimacy. Residencies include MacDowell, Yaddo, and Mount Tremper Arts. Grants/Honors: BAX Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant and Franklin Furnace grant. She has received BA Dance and Molecular Biology (Wesleyan University) and and MFA in Digital Interdisciplinary Arts Practice (CCNY-CUNY).

Meredith Drum

In Project Spacre July 2019

Meredith Drum will be working on People of the Desert 122° F

A meditation on the past and future of this city: here the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People constructed the largest Pre-Columbia irrigation system in North America, history obliterated by the colonial construction that became contemporary Phoenix. Now over 150 people die each summer from heat-related trauma, and with a record high of 122° F what happens at 129° - adaptation or abandonment?

Nathan Kensinger + Nate Dorr

In Project Space July 2019

Shoreline Change: New Films by Nathan Kensinger & Nate Dorr
Shoreline Change is a collection of recent films created by Nathan Kensinger and Nate Dorr, who have been collaboratively documenting the waterfront of New York City for the past 13 years. These works investigate the rapidly changing coastline of the city, where frequently flooded neighborhoods are now being demolished to make way for either new wetlands or new residential towers. As New York City contemplates how to best address the existential threat of sea level rise, these works excavate its complicated history of polluted landfills and degraded wetlands, while considering visions of a multi-species future shaped by water.

David Andree

In residence July 2019

David Andree is working on two related bodies of work investigating the fluctuating landscape of water around Governors Island through observational painting and transitory sculpture. Processes include submerging paintings in water to study the effects on color, as well as creating wax castings of water current that are being used as subjects to create perceptually driven abstract paintings.

Jean Carla Rodea


In residence July 2019

Jean Carla Rodea is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Mexico City and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, performance, movement, photography, video, and sculpture.

Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multi-media installations and performance. 

Rodea is invested in understanding how time is insistently constructed through memory and how these memories whether embodied or recorded in spaces are documented and re/constructed. Archival research – whether it takes place in an institution or her personal archive – often leads her to draw from fiction and speculative history around documents, physical traces, and spaces. Rodea has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, El Museo de Los Sures, to mention a few. 

Sherese Francis

In residence August 2019

Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based poet, literary artist, workshop facilitator, and literary curator of the mobile library project, J. Expressions. She has published work in journals and anthologies including Cosmonauts Avenue, No Dear, Apex Magazine, La Pluma Y La Tinta's New Voices Anthology, The Pierian Literary Review, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling. Currently, she is the co-editor and board member of the small press, Harlequin Creature, and a core member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance. To find out more about her work, visit

Sarah Nicholls

In residence June 2019

Sarah Nicholls is an artist, printmaker, and writer whose work combines language, image, visual narrative, and time. She  publishes an ongoing series of letterpress pamphlets on climate change, urban ecology, and the history of science and technology, and organizes a range of walks and programs around the series. Her work has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation, and she has taught letterpress and book arts at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.