Maggie Golightly Haslam (b. Washington DC) studied painting at Brigham Young University and received a masters at Pratt institute. She currently lives and works in NYC as a painter and paper maker. She primarily uses water based paints on paper while exploring the essential characteristics of these components, which has led to a greater focus on the process behind her work. She strives to be conscious in her consumption of and seeks meaningful sources for her materials in order to reach a goal of becoming a self-sustained, waste-free, conceptual artist.
Killian works at the Sydney Environment Institute, a multidisciplinary research hub within the University of Sydney, in southeast Australia. A literary scholar by training, his writing explores poetic and aesthetic histories of environment, and above all oceans. A co-edited essay collection, The Aesthetics of the Undersea, was published earlier this year, and a monograph, The Myriad Sea, is forthcoming. Killian’s work is always in conversation with other disciplines and practices, not least those of the marine sciences: a new collaborative project, on the history of the Great Barrier Reef as told by fossil coral cores, is just getting underway.
Associate / Oceanic Humanities for the Global South
Carolyn Hall is a Brooklyn, NY based Bessie award winning freelance dancer/performer, historical marine ecologist, and science communication instructor. As a freelance ecologist her research focuses on the past and present impacts humans have on shoreline ecosystems and the creatures within them. She is increasingly invested in combining her artist and scientist halves in public processes to make data-rich science more understandable, embodied, and memorable for the general public.
For her WoW residency, she will be asking questions about New York City’s long history and current relationship to fish and fisheries through an installation and embodiment of timelines. Timelines that span from "prehistory" to today. Timelines that explore connections stemming from documentations of fish species in NYC waters to our past and current questions about residence, im/migration, fluid boundaries, consumption, the value of an object vs. a living contributor to an ecosystem, and economy.
photo credit: Tara Duffy
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.