Riley Thérèse – Baptizing a Ghost (Reception)

May 24, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MNG Main Space
Address: Alberta University of the Arts, Main Mall, 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3, Canada

The MNG LRT Space Presents: Riley Thérèse – Baptizing a Ghost

Exhibition Runs: May 1 – 26, 2018
Reception: May 24, 2018 6 – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Baptizing a Ghost examines the aftermath of losing a family member. Using tissue paper left in my religious grandmother’s house after her passing, I sewed together a jacket that fits my form. In preforming a baptism upon myself wearing said jacket, I investigate the rituals that the living preform to comfort themselves in the wake of a death. By exposing the value of vulnerability and the significance of discomfort, I use the gallery as a platform to implicate the viewer in a dialogue pertaining to the hardships experienced by the both of us.

Riley Thérèse is a Calgary and San Francisco based artist currently completing their BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Working with personalized experiences, they focus on mental health, gender, family, and sexuality in the creation of unintentional self-portraiture.