Project Update: The Solacii RisesFriday, April 1, 5-7 pm
The Solacii rises again at form & concept. From the ashes, a new iteration of this public sculpture will stand tall and light up Santa Fe’s skyline. Join artists Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Anastazia Louise as they present a new beacon of resilience for the Santa Fe BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and arts community. Read Michael Abatemarco's cover story about The Solacii's restoration in this week's Pasatiempo.
As the artists enter the final phases of the restoration effort. please consider donating to the fundraiser for this major project.
The Solacii Fundraising CampaignA Community Project
At approximately 11:30 pm on Saturday, August 21, a disturbing incident unfolded outside form & concept. The Solacii, a 21-foot-tall figurative sculpture by artists Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Anastazia Louise, was doused in gasoline and set alight by an as-yet-unknown individual. The resulting blaze significantly damaged the otherworldly work.
Now, form & concept and the artists call on the community to rally in support of The Solacii’s restoration while the artists repair the piece with fire-retardant materials, and engage the Santa Fe community. Included in our pledged amount below is a $5,000 matching grant, so your help can go even further! All donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsorship with Vital Spaces.
$24,074 pledged of $47,000
All funds benefit the restoration project.
Why we need your help...
In a statement from the gallery following the August 21 incident, Director Jordan Eddy emphasized the resiliency of our artistic community, and our need to support the continuation of the project: “We feel there is a collective responsibility to support accessible public art, especially by queer artists of color....We will persist.”
Artists Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Anastazia Louise will use raised funds to unveil a new vision of their monumental sculpture. The Solacii in its new iteration will remain open and accessible to the public at South Guadalupe and Read Streets, and will be the cornerstone of the galleries for years to come.
Learn more about what happened:
And your garments!
The gallery requests in-person and mail-in contributions of personal garments that Anastazia Louise will use to remake the sculpture’s majestic robes. The cloak of The Solacii was tenderly created by Anastazia from deconstructed garments and heirlooms gathered from the community, symbolizing the collective memories and stories of humanity.
"As The Solacii project—and the cloak specifically—was always intended as an offering to the community and collection of communal voices and stories, we believe that restoring this project is an important act of resilience and perseverance in an age of nearly constant struggle and strife," write Mashaal-Lively and Aranaga. Join Anastazia in her immersive Sewing Room Installation at form & concept to donate your garment and personal story alike.
Can't make it to the gallery in-person?
Mail your item with a handwritten or typed story to:
The Solacii Project c/o form & concept
435 South Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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.
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