MANCHESTER — The Currier Museum of Art’s new artist in residence, Larissa Fassler, will be investigating the neighborhoods surrounding the Ash Street museum.
Fassler is interested in exploring the history and architecture of Manchester. She creates drawings and sculptures that explore the symbiotic relationship between humans and the built environment. Fassler hopes to learn about the socioeconomic issues that shape the community physically and psychologically.
She will give a public talk at the museum about her work and what she has discovered at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It will be enlightening to see our community anew through her eyes, and to benefit from her creative mode of research that prompts introspection,” said Samantha Cataldo, the Currier’s curator of contemporary art.
Fassler plans to do archival research and speak with members of the community. She also will spend days walking through neighborhoods, taking notes on her impressions and mapping her observations. Her efforts may lead to a larger exhibition or project.
Fassler, who was born in Vancouver in 1975, has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany, since 1999. She earned a bachelor of fine art’s degree from Concordia University, Montreal, and a master’s degree of fine arts from Goldsmiths’ College, London.
This latest residency is a collaboration with the Institute of Art and Design at New England College (formerly NHIA). Fassler will hold workshops with faculty and students during her time in Manchester.
The residency program began in late 2018 with Ethan Murrow, who created “Hauling,” a gallery-sized mural that examined labor in Manchester throughout history, followed by Konstantin Dimopoulos, who installed “The Blue Trees” in the museum’s neighborhood.
This fall, the Currier will welcome the artist group For Freedoms, which will work during the presidential primary season. An exhibit is scheduled to go up Oct. 26.