June 23, 2018
Calgary based artist Jessie Fraser is currently in residence at the Ewart Duggan House until June 25th, 2018. Throughout her stay in Medicine Hat she’ll be divvying up her time between archival research, film photography exploration, site specific interjection and a daily practice of listening and walking the house’s 131-year-old site. Jessie ponders: “Does the use of history as a material enable an artwork to communicate a greater emotional experience?” As the oldest brick building in Alberta still on its original foundation, the Ewart Duggan House is a site rich with potential for historical musings.
The culmination of Jessie’s artistic explorations will be an exhibition entitled “Without Markings” mounted throughout the house and open to the public on June 23rd and 24th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visitors are invited to stop by and chat with the artist and have a look at what she’s been working on over the course of her three week residency. Jessie will also conduct two evening exhibition tours on Saturday June 23rd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Due to limited space please RSVP in advance for the tours by contacting Esplanade Guest Services at (403) 502-8777.
Jessie Fraser plans to embrace the site of the Ewart Duggan House as a primary source of inspiration for the work she’ll be producing. The artist explains:
To haunt can be described as visiting habitually or to recur persistently, and to remain with. You could say haunting will be the strategy I will employ to experience the household throughout my stay. I plan to walk the length of the house, giving each floor my undivided attention. I plan to listen intently and look thoughtfully to see what these slow reflective acts lend to the creative and conceptual process. This practice of close looking and listening will help me develop a narrative of the house and I also believe it will lead to engaging descriptive writing. I am deeply curious about the personal history of objects and artifacts and having access to the Esplanade Archives and Museum collections will be an amazing opportunity.
Jessie Fraser is a craft oriented visual artist who works predominantly in the medium of fibre. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the Alberta College of Art & Design.