The Grammar of Animacy

Works by Angela Faz

Gallery Three


On view August 13-October 30, 2021


Artist Statement

Who is water? If water could talk, what would they say? What might the West Fork and Clear Fork River bodies remember when meeting the great Arkikosa River (Trinity River) in Dallas? The Grammar of Animacy is the foundation of the work with the New Stories: New Futures project called "Remembering: Water has a memory."

The exhibition's title, The Grammar of Animacy, was derived from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, the author describes how English does not give us many tools for respecting animacy. In English, one is either a person, place, or thing. Our grammar boxes us in by our choice of reducing a non-human being to an "it," or we assign gender inappropriately as he or she. Where are our words for the existence of another living being? This work explores the animacy of the river and their tributaries.

If we viewed water as a living relation, how might that change how we steward our most significant natural asset? This new body of work explores the river's personhood by activating their spirit through illustration and installation. Faz collected water from 7 different locations throughout the DFW Metroplex. A map is available via QR code to reorient and meet the river where they reside and flow.

This exhibition also looks at how we value natural resources by examining The Gold Standard in proximity to water sampled from Ft. Worth and Dallas. Visitors are also cordially invited to The Gold Standard restaurant to view the market price for gold and water via QR code as an immersive art experience.


Artist Bio

Angela Faz is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing on art disruptions and reclamation of public space. For over twenty years, their studio practice of focus involves relief printmaking, monotypes, and silkscreen. In May 2018, they completed a six-week residency in Puebla, Mexico, where they spent time honing their printmaking technique, researching ancestral roots, colonization, and the stories accompanying them.


Faz has achieved international recognition for their Collective Care hand-carved print upon being selected for Amplifier's 2020 Global Call for Art. They have exhibited nationally at the Rising Star 2018 showcase at the Turner House, Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, and other galleries. Collective Care was recently included in the Prints & Photographs Division Online Catalog at the Library of Congress to preserve this historic moment in our country.


Recently, Faz is showcased in the inaugural Women & Their Work exhibition curated by Vicki Meek on view Jul 24, 2021 - Sep 21, 2021. And, will also have an interactive site-specific installation at New Stories: New Futures curated by Dr. Lauren Cross on August 20th and 21, 2021.


Faz lives in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood with their two fabulous cats and one heart-meltingly cute dog. More examples of their work can be found at angelafaz.com


The Gold Standard by Angela Faz

"The River" by Angela Faz