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 Melissa Kennedy, a sculpture artist, and Emily Kennedy, a cellist and composer.
Melissa Kennedy is a sculpture artist who graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in 2016, where she is now a teacher. She has presented her work at exhibitions in London, Barcelona, and Fredericton, and has taught workshops in Italy and Armenia. She received “Best Drawing in the Sculpture department” award during her time as a student in the Florence Academy of Art.
During her residency, Kennedy will be exploring woodcut or lino printmaking, showing samples of tree silhouettes and different types of wood as a nod to the diversity of trees. She will be using wood as the medium base for the print block.
Emily Kennedy is a musician and composer who has performed on stages across Canada and explores classical, contemporary, and crossover music. She has released multiple recordings, including some under Fredericton bands Property// and Pallmer. Kennedy has also performed at the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, and most recently the Choeur Louisbourg. She is also familiar with the Artist in Residence program, showcasing her work in 2014 and 2018.
During her residency, Kennedy will be composing and workshopping solo cello pieces, and hopes to have them polished enough so that she may play and record them by the end of the week. She will create the compositions by taking cuts of wood and using their grains as a starting point for her score, and will compose the pieces after this framework is completed.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2019