Who is water? If water could talk, what would they say? What might the West
Fork and Clear Fork River bodies remember when meeting the great Arkikosa River
(Trinity River) in Dallas? The Grammar of Animacy is the foundation of the work
with the New Stories: New Futures project called "Remembering: Water has a memory."
The exhibition's title, The Grammar of Animacy, was derived from Braiding
Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of
Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist and enrolled member of the
Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
In Braiding Sweetgrass, the author describes how English does not give us
many tools for respecting animacy. In English, one is either a person, place,
or thing. Our grammar boxes us in by our choice of reducing a non-human being
to an "it," or we assign gender inappropriately as he or she. Where are our
words for the existence of another living being? This work explores the
animacy of the river and their tributaries.
If we viewed water as a living relation, how might that change how we steward
our most significant natural asset? This new body of work explores the river's
personhood by activating their spirit through illustration and installation.
Faz collected water from 7 different locations throughout the DFW Metroplex.
A map is available via QR code to reorient and meet the river where they
reside and flow.
This exhibition also looks at how we value natural resources by examining The
Gold Standard in proximity to water sampled from Ft. Worth and Dallas. Visitors
are also cordially invited to The Gold Standard restaurant to view the market
price for gold and water via QR code as an immersive art experience.
Angela Faz is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing on art disruptions and
reclamation of public space. For over twenty years, their studio practice of
focus involves relief printmaking, monotypes, and silkscreen. In May 2018,
they completed a six-week residency in Puebla, Mexico, where they spent time
honing their printmaking technique, researching ancestral roots, colonization,
and the stories accompanying them.
Faz has achieved international recognition for their Collective Care hand-carved
print upon being selected for Amplifier's 2020 Global Call for Art. They have
exhibited nationally at the Rising Star 2018 showcase at the Turner House, Kirk
Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, and other galleries. Collective Care was recently
included in the Prints & Photographs Division Online Catalog at the Library of
Congress to preserve this historic moment in our country.
Recently, Faz is showcased in the inaugural Women & Their Work exhibition
curated by Vicki Meek on view Jul 24, 2021 - Sep 21, 2021. And, will also
have an interactive site-specific installation at New Stories: New Futures
curated by Dr. Lauren Cross on August 20th and 21, 2021.
Faz lives in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood with their two fabulous cats and
one heart-meltingly cute dog. More examples of their work can be found at
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architecturally significant museum districts in the United States, Fort Worth's Cultural
District. The Arts Center's mission promotes experienced and emerging artists with nine
indoor galleries and an outdoor courtyard gallery. The Arts Center's Hardy and Betty
Sanders black box theatre and the William Edrington Scott Theatre hosts a wide range of
performances by local and nationally known artists and organizations. The historically
significant building is home to artists' studios, nonprofit arts organization office
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