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.
This week's artists are Craig Schneider, a ceramic artist, and Tracy Austin, a fashion artist.
Tracy Austin is an award-winning fabric artist who owns her own fashion line, Steampetal, which she launched in 2013. Her dark, nature-inspired designs have been displayed at Convention Vendor in Toronto and at numerous exhibitions in Fredericton. Recent awards include First Place in Doll Masquerade at Toronto’s Doll North 2016, and Best in Show/First Place in Overall MSD Fashion Design at the same event in 2010. Her work was recently accepted for the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which will be running from October 2019 to Spring 2020. This will be Austin’s second residency with the FAA, having participated last year.
During her residency, Austin will be designing a fashion sculpture that represents the spirit of the elm tree. She will be using a variety of materials (including leather, silk, cotton, and wire) to build a sculpture that explores texture, depth, and character, with the goal of merging textile design with the complex nature of the elm tree.
Craig Schneider is a ceramic artist who frequently involves nature in the creation of his work. He has created and taught ceramic design over a 40-year career, and currently works as an instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. His work has been featured in many shows, both solo and group, including Works in Progress and Common Ground at the UNB Art Centre, Persona and Pride of Place at the George Fry Gallery, and What If at the City of Saint John Gallery.
During his residency, Schneider will be creating a series of hand-made bowls inspired by the incantation bowls of the 6th-8th century from the Upper Mesopotamia and Syria area. He will represent prayers and the liberating of the heart/mind wishes towards the healing of self and environment in his work.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019