Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
November 12, 2020 through spring 2021
Larissa Fassler focuses on the symbiotic relationships between people and places. She is interested in how the architecture of cities affects people both physically and psychologically. In the summer of 2019, Fassler explored Manchester while artist-in-residence at the Currier Museum of Art. She spent time walking Manchester’s downtown core, observing, sketching, and mapping the movement of people through shared public spaces. She researched the city’s planning, history, community, and social issues, as well as spoke to members of the community to further inform her initial observations.
After a period of reflection, Fassler created four new monumental drawings that reflect her impressions of Manchester’s downtown through intricate compositions featuring maps, annotations, and imagery. Her works explore the use of public spaces, the role of community organizations in supporting the needs of citizens, and the effects of poverty on the physical, mental, and emotional health of a community.