New Mexico artist Tigre Mashaal-Lively (they/them/their) is a multidisciplinary artist and founding member of the Earthseed Black Arts Alliance. Their 21-foot-tall outdoor sculpture, titled The Solacii and composed of steel, resin, lights, sound, and donated and reclaimed textiles, finds a new home in Santa Fe outside form & concept.
The Solacii debuted at Burning Man in 2017, sheltering festival participants from the intense heat of the Black Rock Desert. The artwork’s Santa Fe debut coincides with the closing day of Mashaal-Lively’s first show at form & concept, titled Entangled Futurities, which asked the question, "How do we spore the futures in which we want to live?" The two-person show also features ceramic works and speculative fiction by New Mexico artist Pascal Emmer.
Named after a fictionalized race of empathic beings devised by Mashaal-Lively, The Solacii provides solace to all. "With wise, old hands, the Solacii opens its many-layered cloak to reveal a sanctuary for curious visitors. Inside the sanctum, visitors are immersed in the textures and sounds of the Solacii’s ancient, transdimensional body. Both cozy and cathedral-like, the inner sanctuary offers space for solitude and intimate gatherings, as well as a home for meditation, deep conversation and healing," says Mashaal-Lively.
Lead artist Mashaal-Lively, along with contributing artists Anastazia Louise Aranaga and Gala Aranaga, constructed The Solacii’s robes from personal garments and heirlooms gathered from their communities. "It symbolizes collective memories, stories, and experiences of humanity,” Mashaal-Lively says.
The UnveilingFriday, July 30, 5 - 8pm
Mashaal-Lively officially unveils The Solacii's new home outside of form & concept during the Closing Reception of their two-person show with ceramicist Pascal Emmer, titled Entangled Futurities.
About the Artist
Tigre Mashaal-Lively is a Black mixed-race, genderqueer artist raised in Philadelphia and based in New Mexico. They hold a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from Bennington College (2008) and are a Burning Man Honorarium Grant recipient for the interactive sculpture The Solacii.
Working across a wide array of mediums and disciplines, Tigre creates art ranging from large-scale installations, sculptures and murals to intimate illustrations, paintings, music and movement-based performance. Their work has been exhibited around the globe, from North America to Southeast Asia, and from Europe to Australia.
Mashaal-Lively is a founding member of Earthseed Black Arts Alliance and Braided Branches Collective, an inaugural cohort member of the Design Science Studio, and a long-time collaborator with esteemed performance companies Bad Unkl Sista and Embodiment Project. Tigre’s work has previously appeared at form & concept in Entangled Futurities: metaspores for queer trans/genic symbionts, Family Room and Hand Tools of Resilience.