Artists-In-Residence Winter 2020

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Sugarlift x High Line Nine Artist Residency

Winter 2021

Humza Deas, Liz Jaff, Eileen Murphy, Svetlana Rabey

508 W 28th Street, New York, NY


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Humza Deas, Photographer/Videographer:

"This is the only way I can showcase New York differently, that most people would not dare to do." Humza Deas rose quite literally to fame as a 16 year old daredevil photographer climbing to terrifying heights for an Instagram shot. Having earned high-profile brand partnerships with the likes of Under Armor and Acura, Deas’ unique perspective of New York is newly entering a fine art context. He was recently featured in the Netflix documentary “Social Animals.”



Liz Jaff, Visual Artist:

Liz Jaff is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. Her work includes installations, objects and works on and of paper which use formalist structures, pattern and repetition to talk about impermanence and permanence, perceptions of time, and the role of memory in shaping experience.  Poetry, storytelling, performance and diaspora culture, particularly Flamenco, are important influences. She received her BFA in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Widmer Theodoridis Gallery, Switzerland, The Art Complex Center, Tokyo, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, And Hubweek , the annual innovation festival founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT. Liz Jaff's residency is sponsored by Legion Paper.



Eileen Murphy Sugarlift artist residency

Eileen Murphy, Painter:

Born in 1981 in Mount Kisco, NY; BA from Mount Holyoke College, 2003; MFA from Pratt Institute, 2006. Eileen Murphy has spent her life along the Hudson River and has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the last fifteen years. Her recent paintings are based on the landscape of Columbia County, NY, where she spends part of her time. Eileen has shown widely in New York City and the metropolitan area, and was awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center in 2004 and to Yaddo in 2013 and 2017. She received the Individual Artist Award from the Santo Foundation in 2017; in that same year, she was invited by the US Department of State to participate in the Art in the Embassies program. Her work is currently on view at the American Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, and in 2018 Eileen was invited to that city to give a workshop and a series of lectures.



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Svetlana Rabey, Painter

Svetlana Rabey was born in Moscow Russia and grew up in Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. After studying dance in New York, she earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1996. Her intense dance training and the shadow of her Russian emigré heritage recur as motivations and symbols in her work across drawing, painting, and sculpture. She received the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space grant in 2006 and the Chashama residency program in Harlem in 2007. After the birth of her son, she shifted materials from oils and created a series of large watercolor works on paper. These works led to commissions and reproduction collaborations with IKEA, Urban Outfitters and Sugarlift. She has been a recipient of the NYFA drawing fellowship 2015 and the Chashama Exhibition space residency in 2016 and 2018. Svetlana lives and works in New York City with her son and husband.

About the Residency:

In its inaugural year, the High Line Nine x Sugarlift Artist Residency celebrates the energy, candor and resiliency of the beautiful city we call home. In lieu of packed gallery openings during the COVID-19 pandemic, HL9 and Sugarlift have launched an engaging, inspiring alternative: the chance to see artists’ creation processes in the very Chelsea windows that often display their finished art pieces. Here, the city has the rare opportunity to see its talented artists at work for an extended period.