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New Exhibition Opens at La Huipilista Artspace

art portalsBy Lena Bartula

La Huipilista Artspace opens a new exhibition of recent and current work by Susan Conrad Risse of Salt Lake City on October 12, titled Portals to the Soul. While in San Miguel as an artist-in-residence for the month, Risse will be creating new experimental pieces and site-specific installations.

Her return to San Miguel de Allende completes a full circle for Risse, having first visited in 2011 after her first pilgrimage to the Tepayac shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The importance of the pilgrimage was seeded early in childhood, where Susan grew up knowing that her birthday was on this important feast day. She sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime to return seven years later as an artist, living, working, and exhibiting in this place of abundant beauty, color, and inspiration.

Risse’s show aims to provide a visual narrative of her journey and experiences, both in life and art. Her journey is offered through the lens of the divine feminine perspective, which she feels holds the heart and soul of experience. The works invite the viewer to enter into a dreamscape of hidden portals in order to discover one’s own soul’s journey. Embedded symbols in individual pieces inspire the question, “What dreams are hidden inside the corners of your own heart?”

A collaborative installation, Love Letters to the Children and Families engages visitors to share comments, wishes, and letters for those currently impacted by the US administration’s border separation policy. Risse’s intention for this installation is to create a collective field that supports and holds these families energetically in the arms of the Divine Mother. Her approach to her art is deeply connected to the expression of the divine feminine, psychospiritual studies, and intentional creativity. The dynamic approaches she uses, such as art therapy, dream work, shadow, and depth work are based on her ability to access the deeper realms of personal and universal healing. Also, 22 years as an international flight attendant deeply informs her worldview, her aesthetic, and her creative approach. Through the lens of the artist archetype, Risse sees, lives, and breathes color, movement, and creative vitality into everything she touches. The beauty of this method of living is that it offers a continual source of creative magic, where insights and breakthroughs become everyday occurrences. In addition to creating and exhibiting her own artwork, Risse also guides others in art-based projects supporting healing for women in need. She leads workshops and art salons. La Huipilista Artspace hopes to include at least one of these during the month of Risse’s residency in San Miguel. If interested, come meet Risse at the opening reception October 12 and sign up for whatever surprises she has in store.

The exhibit closes on November 3.


Art Opening

Portals to the Soul

Fri, Oct 12, 5–7pm

La Huipilista Artspace

Julián Carrillo 1, colonia Guadalupe




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