Since the beginning of time, tools have been used to connect to the divine or the unknown. Cultures have used masques as a means of expressing a characteristic or important quality in our human bodies, often for specific ceremonial purposes. EMANATE was a fire ritual that celebrated connection with the divine. Eight masques were created and consecrated for: spirit, earth, air, fire, water, duality, willpower and abundance. Once the masques were placed on the participants, they embodied these qualities through dance in a fire ritual held at Epiphany Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.
These masks are now on display in the Sacristy Gallery, which formerly served as the sacristy of the Church of the Epiphany. The sacristy was a place in the church where sacred books, objects, and ceremonial garments were kept, and where the priests could prepare and pray before a ceremony. In this exhibition, the masks of Emanate take on this history, imbuing the sacramental history of the space with their own connection to the spiritual and ritual.
Register below to attend the free reception for Emanate on December 3.
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FÁTIMA is a Mexican artist who was also raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and spent a few years thereafter creating art in a communal shotgun studio and curating pop up exhibitions. Currently she is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. FÁTIMA uses art as a ritual tool to connect with self, society and the sacred.
Olayinka Samuel Ogunleye is a Nigerian designer/artist. After spending his early age in Nigeria, He moved to the US in pursuit of artistic prowess. He earned his BA degree at Xavier University in Ohio, Where he majored in Graphic design and Sculpture. He is also skilled in painting, illustration, drawing, printmaking, and fiber. He recently earned his master’s degree in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He aspires to become a successful designer/artist.