The 2019 Artists in Residence Summer Series features weekly residences from local artists who will be on site to work on their creative projects, and visitors may go to the casemate to meet and interact with the artists, ask questions about their project, and observe how the artists go about their creative work.
The first two artists are Clarissa Hurley, a theatre practitioner, and Eva Christensen, a visual artist.
Clarissa Hurley is a freelance theatre practitioner who has been writing plays, acting, and directing for over thirty years. Her recent credits include directing James McClure’s Dani’s White Lie for the Fundy Fringe Festival and RM Vaughn’s One Year After for NotaBle Act. Her most recent acting credit was in Frictive Pictures’ Entropic, where she played the character of Jody.
During her residency, Hurley will be working on a draft for her new play, focusing on domestic family drama inspired by Aeschylus’ House of Atreus, set in a tree in an eagles’ aerie. Hurley will also have actors help her work on scenes by reading the text and improvising movements using the space outside the casemate.
Eva Christensen is a visual artist who has been creating art for most of her life. She manages her own website, www.evachristensenart.com, where she maintains a portfolio for her art, and develops instructional videos on how to paint. She participated in the 2019 Isaac’s Way Summer Art Auction and has been commissioning her work since 2018.
During her residency, Christensen will be creating scenes that capture the cultural heart of New Brunswick, and will include projects ranging from gestural watercolours to canvas works involving oil paints.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019