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Jason Paradis: Residency at Watch Hill, Fire Island National Sea Shore

Residency at Watch Hill, Fire Island National Sea Shore

May 24 – June 10, 2014

“I will continue to explore Watch Hill at the Fire Island National Sea Shore during this residency.  My work will investigate the shipwreck of the Bessie A. White.  I will continue a series of mixed media work that extends from my short stay at Watch Hill last summer.  During that time, I started some drawings that used the shipwreck as a reference.  The Bessie A. White sunk in 1919-1920 and was subsequently buried by the dunes.  When Hurricane Sandy hit Fire Island in October of 2012, it exposed the ruins of the ship.  Newspaper photographs from November of 2012 show that the shipwreck was completely exposed, however by the time I visited in June of 2013, a significant portion of the ship was buried again.  The ability of the dunes to quickly migrate and cover what is around them will be the inspiration for this new body of work.”

Jason Paradis