Artists – Monsoon Program 2015


Selected Artists for Second Edition of Carpe diem Artist Residency, Monsoon Program 2015



Aaron With, Musician, USA

Aaron With is a musician and multi-media artist from Chicago. His noise trio volcano! have toured internationally and released three albums, earning a cult following and critical acclaim. Aaron has worked on a variety of comedic projects, and also helped found Groupon where as Editor-in-Chief he built and oversaw a team of more than 450 comedic artists writing in a unified  absurdist voice. Currently he is producing location-based audio walks, and writing the  screenplay and score for a fictional ethno musicological documentary about the musical, dance,  and visual culture of an invented society.


Alyssa Pinsker, Writer, USAAlyssa - Clare Breheny Photography-001

Alyssa Pinsker is a writer and performer.  She writes features and reviews for Cosmopolitan, Time Out New York, New York Post, Daily News, Huffington Post, and more. Book anthologies include The Hope, edited by Menachem Creditor. She’s an occasional commentator for Huffington Post Live and the BBC World Service. She is also a NBCC member book critic. 

Her memoir in progress, is entitled GIRL GONE GLOBAL. GIRLS GONE GLOBAL is her start-up project, which is a forum for solo female travelers to take over the world. She is also a storyteller and has appeared on the Moth, and more in New York City. As a stand up comic she has performed at Gotham, Broadway Comedy Club amongst others. She has read her writings at the Franklin Park Reading series. She currently resides globally.



Bikas Press PhotoBikas Mishra, Filmmaker, India 

Bikas comes to Carpe diem as the Grand Jury winner of the IFFLA Carpe diem Residency Award at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Bikas Mishra’s debut feature CHAURANGA won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and Best Film (India Gold) at the Mumbai Film Festival 2014.His short film “Naach Ganesh” travelled to Clermont Ferrand and Rotterdam among many other festivals. Bikas was invited to be part of the Visionary Jury at Cannes Critics Week in 2012. He is the founder of Indian Independent Cinema portal



Caroline Kennedy, Installation artist/ Production Designer, Australia

Caroline Kennedy (also known as Carrie Kennedy) is an Australian artist who has worked in a variety of mediums producing sculpture, installation, photographic and painting works, as well as working as a production designer in film and TV. After completing a Fine Art  degree in Sculpture at RMIT, Kennedy trained in London as a scenic artist and model  maker, which led her to Production Design. Since graduating from her Fine Art Sculpture degree, Kennedy has participated in exhibitions both in Australia and Europe, which include  11 solo exhibitions and 35 group shows. Kennedy has been the recipient of a number of prizes, residencies and awards- her highlight being the residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris, for 4 months awarded from the Art Gallery of NSW. Kennedy lives and works in Melbourne.


Grace Wielebinski, Artist, USA

Grace Wielebinski is a graphic designer and multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, illustration, collage, video and installation. She received her BFA from Pomona College in 2014 and is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work explores representations of gender, sexuality and the body, and how they intersect with other structures of power and identity. With particular attention to mass media and its role in both creating and perpetuating these representations, her work recontextualizes coded imagery that challenge the ways in which we internalize, perform, and enforce certain norms and questions, their relationship to particular histories and politics.


profilepictHilary J. England, Visual Artist, USA

Hilary England was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has studied extensively at the Art Students League of New York, and with Barnstone Studios, Coplay, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited at various galleries in New York, Europe, Japan, and her artwork is internationally collected. She currently resides Pennsylvania, U.S.A. As a social realist painter, Hilary’s past series and body of work explores the nuances of contemporary youth and the spectrum of issues surrounding their growth and transformation into adulthood. Hilary is also an avid en plein air painter, and maintains a blog, “Field’s End Art” of smaller paintings done on location of her travels, both locally and abroad. 


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Iram Parveen Bilal, Filmmaker, Pakistan/ USA

Iram comes to Carpe Diem in the packaging stages of her passion project, FORBIDDEN STEPS, having just directed her second feature film, “The PHD Movie: Returning to Grad School”, in Los Angeles, based on the 7 million+ viewer-followed PhD Comics. Her noted first feature, “JOSH” was 2014’s Best Independent Film at ARY Film Awards, a 2012 Women in Film Awardee and now part of the permanent collection of the US Library of Congress. Bilal is the initiator and current member of the Pakistani Oscar committee and is also the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab, QALAMBAAZ. She is also a co-chair on the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the WGA.


KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPablo Vindel, Visual Artist, Spain

Pablo Vindel is a Spanish visual artist who explores issues of somatic and emotional permeability, remembrance, and loss. He holds a BFA from The Polytechnic University of Valencia (2014) and has lived and studied internationally at The San Francisco Art Institute and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He is pursuing his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Vindel completed residencies at La Envidia Casa-Taller (Valencia, Spain), The Bonnafont Gallery (San Francisco), and Halka Art Project (Istanbul). He is a Merry Blessing Fellow at the Artship Foundation in San Francisco. Since 2013 he has been involved with Perspectives: Art, Inflammation and Me, a worldwide initiative that brings together artists and patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease.


pennyPenelope Bovell, Artist, Australia

Penelope Bovell is an artist based in Perth, Western Australia. Her practice is versatile involving painting, drawing, printmaking, curatorial writing and site specific art projects. Mostly driven by the love of focus and reverie that comes from concentrated time spent in the studio she says: My work explores ideas about air, sky and space. As Immaterial, often abstract and invisible these phenomena stand as the antithesis to the solidity of earth. Bodies of work have dealt with clouds, air, the weather and climate change and I am currently exploring notions of deep space and cosmology; in other words attempting to find expression for how human’s understand the universe and being in the world.

DSCN0146 copyRitu Singh, Visual Artist, India 

Ritu Singh is a visual artist based in Mumbai.Post graduate in painting and aesthetics from M.L.S. University, Udaipur, Rajasthan. She was lecturer at Fine Arts college in Punjab and founder of art school Scarlet Studio.

Over 10 solo shows and 15 group shows in prestigious galleries in Mumbai, Dubai, Seoul and more upcoming, she stands out in her innovative concepts, mixed media and experimental blend of science, geology and art. Her recent body of work in mixed media is a result of tremendous passion for the wondrous miracle called COSMOS and the ARTIST as a minute speck of this universe, a still greater miracle with its indelible strength to recreate the magnificence. She also designs murals in relief, artistic jewelry and interior artefacts.