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Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents:

Sue Anne Rische: “Coalesce”
October 22 – November 13
Artist reception: Friday, October 23 6 – 8 p.m.

“Contained Essence,” Recycled Bottles, Lace, Acrylic. 2009

Sue Anne Rische works with layers of materials and meaning. Collections of religious texts and hand crafted doilies and other lace and crocheted objects are reconstructed and renewed to create visual experiences that are both spiritual and humanist. Deconstructed religious texts and thrift store doilies and table cloths are used to create delicate and powerful soft sculptures and wall mounted objects. Spirals of lines and text, and the inclusion of found and hand-written “fortunes” contribute to her explorations of identity through sacred and secular storytelling. The use of words—The Word—and language give her work its power. The layering of multiple narratives—the forgotten and hidden stories behind the hand-made fabrics and the stories told in the documentation of religious philosophies—create an experience that is private and profound.

Rische holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She has taught at Texas Tech University and is currently a member of the Fine Arts faculty at Collin County College. She lives and works in Princeton, Texas. 

Noah Simblist will visit Eastfield College on Friday, October 23, at 6 p.m. to present the lecture, “Rethinking Skepticism: On Belief in Art After the Death of God.” On this topic, he writes:

When modern thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche declared that God was dead, it heralded  the beginning of new belief systems to replace religion. Artists such as Mondrian and Malevich were interested in picturing through abstraction a new kind of metaphysics in the early 20th century. But soon, these systems as well as the ancillary focus on materiality and making also seemed to fall into the traps of dogma and hegemony. As a result, artists in the late 20th century became skeptical of any kind of metaphysical paradigm. But recently, some artists and exhibitions have begun to explore the possibilities of spirit - with its emanation, materialization and dematerialization in their work. This lecture will focus on these recent trends in light of this larger historical framework.

Simblist is a Professor of Art at the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University. He is an artist and curator, and has written for several art publications including “Art Lies,” “Art Papers,” and Glasstire.com. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and currently lives and works in Dallas.


For additional information contact David Willburn at 972-860-7162 or davidwillburn@dcccd.edu.