Lanecia A. Rouse
Charleston, SC | Fall 2023
“I sit with questions and draw upon memory, poetry/literature, socio-political realities, theology, and history to create art composed of mostly-found or discarded materials that reflect the textured ideas, complex realities, emotions, dreams, longings, questions, possibilities and beauty that make up the storied layers of the human experience.” – Lanecia A. Rouse
We are delighted to welcome abstract painter, photographer and mixed-media collage artist, Lanecia A. Rouse to FSA’s Artist-in-Residence program in Charleston this fall. Originally from Summerville, South Carolina, Rouse lives and works between Houston, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia. The daughter of a Methodist pastor, Rouse initially sought a vocation in ministry which led her to Duke Divinity School. Her years working with youth ministry led to an art therapy and economic empowerment project with homeless communities in Houston. Rouse discovered that she had the artistic skills to lead workshops and creative projects which eventually turned into a full time artistic practice.
This fall, Lanecia A. Rouse brings her collage work with her to the Charleston residency. She is currently studying and exploring embodied, spiritual, and psychological practices that provide means of enduring, surviving, and thriving during experiences of liminal states. Lanecia will conduct historical research during her time in Charleston specifically related to the Black Church, Black spirituality of the South, and healing practices. She will be looking at photographic archives that she can incorporate into her work, as well as meeting with local congregations. We hope to engage her work through programming with the community of Charleston.
About the artist:
Lanecia A. Rouse was recently an Artists on Site: Series 3 Artist-in-Resident at the Asia Society HTX and the 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University.
About the artist:
Lanecia A. Rouse was recently an Artists on Site: Series 3 Artist-in-Resident at the Asia Society HTX and the 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University. She is the Artist-in-Residence at Holy Family HTX (2017-Present). She is a Co-founding Creative Director for the ImagiNoir Equity Group, an international alliance and community development and equity group of black activists, artists, writers, scholars, philanthropists, and educators. In addition, she is the leader of the Curation Team for Lanecia Rouse Tinsley Gallery of Holy Family HTX.