Cristiane Mohallem, Isabelle Hayeur, Dimitra Skandali

Sanger Gallery



A trio of internationally recognized artists – and former Studios’ Artists in Residence – reflect on the delicate balance of flora, fauna and humanity that share the space where ocean meets land. Mohallem’s yarn drawings of mangrove trees are obsessive metaphors for nature’s connectedness; Hayeur’s large format photos offer split screen images of life over and under water; and Skandali invents maps of underwater spaces and repurposes found beach elements, forming installations of unsettled and endangered beauty.

sponsored by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty

Cristiane Mohallem is a Brazilian artist living in São Paulo. She received a degree in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 2000. She coordinated an art therapy program at Rim e Hipertensão Hospital, UNIFESP, until 2006. Her interest in becoming an artist initiated during her graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a MAAT in 2008. She has received many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Her first solo exhibition, “Skies are Skies,” was held at DConcept Escritório de Arte Gallery, in São Paulo, 2012. Her visual works have been exhibited in Brazil, the United States, Germany and Italy.

Isabelle Hayeur is an image artist known for her photographs and experimental videos. She also realized several public commissions as well as installations in situ. Her approach is part of the perspective of environmental, urban and social criticism. She is particularly interested in feelings of alienation, uprooting and disenchantment. Since the late 1990s, she has been exploring the territories she travels to understand how our contemporary civilizations are investing and shaping their environments. She is concerned about the future of places and communities in the current neoliberal socio-political context. Her artistic approach examines the relationship between nature and culture in a world where their (false) opposition is a dominant ideology that still structures our Western societies.

Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. She was educated in Greece and the Netherlands before moving to California, and earning her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Some of her distinctions include the 2016 2×2 Solos at ProArts in Oakland, CA, the 2014 First Place best of show from Marin MOCA, Novato, CA, the 2013 First Place-Anne Bremer Memorial Prize, the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and the 2012 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. She has also been awarded artist-in-residencies throughout California in Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, Root Division, Jail/Cell AiR of Alter Space in San Francisco, Lucid Art Foundation in Inverness, Studio 110, Sausalito, The Bridge AiR in Los Angeles, as well as at The Studios of Key West in Florida and St.Mary’s College of Maryland. She has shown her work nationally and internationally.