Meet the 2017 SAW fellows!

Mina Talaee is a visual artist and sculptor based in Tehran, Iran. Born in 1985, Mina has a PhD in Art Research. She has taught at a number of universities from 2009 to 2014, heading Soore University’s BA/ MA program for Handicrafts, Islamic Arts, Book Arts and Persian Painting. She has since focused solely on her artistic career and research. With her mother’s supervision and the guidance of Master Parviz Tanavoli, Mina has exhibited culturally and socially challenging works in Iran, France, and the United States. Since 2003, Mina has been represented in Nicolas Flamel, Main Gallery, Irving Art Center, Imam Ali Museum, and Khak Art Gallery.

Mina is currently interested in exploring the dichotomy and symbiotic nature of public and private worlds. In particular, she wishes to draw attention to the boundaries between public places, which can be dictated by more conservative societal norms, and private places, which allow for more individual choices and personal freedom. Her intended project, titled Confluence, is a wood and stone gate or door-like structure highlighting the transition between public and private spaces.


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Zac Hacmon was born in Israel in 1981. He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and was an exchange student at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London. Under the Unesco Aschberg Scholarship, Zac attended the International Artists Residency at the National Art Studio in Seoul. Futhermore, he has experience working at the International Artist-in-Residence Program at MeetFactory Studio, Prague. Hacmon is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Hunter College, New York.

Zac has been developing a series of sculptures entitled Capsules, which he plans to expand during his stay at Salem Art Works. The Capsules are explorations in autonomous space, featuring rooms that are sealed with no entrances or exits but with windows for viewers to look inside. Zac is interested in expanding his skills in glass blowing and metal casting in relation to building more Capsules.


Simonette Quamina was born in Ontario, Canada and raised in both South America and the Caribbean. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from the City College of New York. Her prints and drawings have been featured nationally in several group exhibitions. She has attended the Elizabeth Foundation of the Art Studio program and the 2017-2018 Providencetown Fine Art Works Center residency

Simonette is interested in expanding her drawing and printmaking practice into ceramics. Her drawings with graphite explore ideas of reflective transparency and memory; Simonette hopes to use flat clay slabs to translate these two dimensional drawings into more physical three dimensional objects.