Claire J. Kendrick has been awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact, a residency in the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District, MA. Kendrick’s residency in Provincetown will be primitive only allowing for basic essentials in an effort to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cape reflected in her paintings. She will be residing in one of the 19 well-known Dune Shacks; where there is no electricity or indoor plumbing, no refrigerator and little connection with the outside world.
Artist Residency (Video 1)
Touch the earth, love the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places. For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and the dawn seen over the ocean from the beach. – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.
The peninsula of Cape Cod stands farther out to sea than any other portion of the Atlantic coast of the United States; it is the outermost of outer shores. – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.
As I look out across the ocean I think of my homeland in the North West of Ireland, the northern outpost of Europe. I feel to truly be at home here on the Cape it must be in your blood — that somehow you inherit it. My time here reminded me of my native home – Ireland. Few survive the hard winter’s and barren conditions here on the Cape, yet it is supremely magnificent. I feel that I have graduated into a select group of Dune Dwellers for it is something you have to live and experience to understand.