Artists Abby Paige & Allison Green will be exploring themes of home, borders, and places with manuscripts and life-like silk textiles in the casemate-turned-stone-studio.
Abby Paige is a poet, playwright, and performer who moved to New Brunswick from the United States in 2008. Her written work often “explores borders, real or imagined, between peoples, places, generations, and genres.” During Abby’s first residency at the Soldiers’ Barracks in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District, she would like to conduct informal interviews and use other interactive approaches to engage visitors in the studio. Paige plans to consider the theme of ‘New Ground’ by developing “a poetic sequence that explores what it means to be from away.” Her project will draw on her own experiences as an immigrant from the USA to Canada, as well as stories from the public in order to reflect different perceptions of here vs. there, home, and belonging. Paige has won several awards and holds a BA from Vassar College in New York and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont.
Visual artist Allison Green makes nearly-living sculpture and textile art. As an honours graduate from Fredericton’s NBCCD, and a recipient of both the Nel Oudemans Award & ArtsNB Creation Grant, she has shown her commitment to making art in New Brunswick. Green will be in residence for a fourth time and will create “a series of silk paintings, each painted and machine embroidered on-site.” Allison says “this is a colourful and delightful process and in my experience visitors are always excited to try their hand at painting with dyes. These paintings will draw on imagery from the home where I have put down permanent roots, to the places I visit, which are home for only a short point in time. I combine these places in my work, looking for common threads across geographical distances.”
The artists will be in residence from July 25 to 31 and will welcome visitors to the studio any day of the week.
By Monica Smart, 25 July 2016