The 2018 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 next two artists will be Dhanishta Ambwani, a visual artist, and Tracy Austin, a fabric/fashion artist.
Dhanishta Ambwani is a young painter who currently attends Leo Hayes High School. An active member of her community, Ambwani participates in numerous programs at Leo Hayes and also sat on the Fredericton Constituency Youth Council from October 2017-April 2018. She has a strong interest in painting and is looking forward to a rewarding experience as a part of the Artists in Residency program.
During her residency, Dhanishta will be combining a multitude of painting styles to create a painting of the Saint John (Wolastoq) River, including acrylic, water-colour, and newspaper on canvas. Using newspaper clippings from the 2008 and 2018 floods in Fredericton, she will paint over them to create the shape of the river. Ambwani will actively engage the public by taking suggestions for adjectives for the river, and using them to add to the creation.
Tracy Austin is an award-winning fabric artist who will be making her residency debut this summer. Austin owns her own fashion line, Steampetal, which she launched in 2013. Her dark, nature-inspired design has seen her display her work at numerous exhibitions in Toronto and Fredericton. Recent awards include First Place in Doll Masquerade at Toronto’s Doll North 2016, and Best in Show/First Place in Overall Fashion Design at the same event in 2010.
During her residency, Tracy will be designing a 40cm tall fashion sculpture using hand-dyed cotton and silk. She will also employ “surface techniques” to create a dynamic visual effect, meant to represent the untamed beauty and power of nature. The many resulting visual effects will allow visitors to view the piece from a multitude of perspectives.
Charlotte Simmons, FAA Summer Events Coordinator 2018