Beau Bree Rhee’s ‘Les Parages’ opens at Ma’s House

Beau Bree Rhee "Untitled" (from the "Menwee series"), 2021. Courtesy Jeremy Dennis/Ma's House.

Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Reservation will present “Les Parages,” a solo exhibition of new works by October and November resident artist Beau Bree Rhee. The exhibit will run from November 16 to December 16, and opens with a reception and refreshments on Tuesday, November 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will feature works inspired by Shinnecock’s coastline using local soils and seashells as a pigment. The artist is inspired by the indigenous ecology of this land that has never been surrendered. “Les Parages” is themed around the power of this land, and aims to honor its inherent sublimity as well as its resilience to colonialism and future potentialities. Parages has multiple meanings — in French the word can mean ‘shoreline’ or a ‘general spatial vicinity around a site’ (dans les parages), while in English it means an ‘equality of condition or dignity.’ In the artist’s work, elements like soil or shells are considered as precious biomaterials, fundamental forces to sustaining life.

Beau Bree Rhee is a visual artist and choreographer based in New York. Her work is based in drawing, dance and ecology. She is interested in creating relationships between body-space, the senses, and the environment. Her work primarily takes the forms of drawing and performance, but additionally scents, installations, text/poems and scores.

As an artist who experiences synesthesia and who grew up trilingual and tricultural (Korean/English/French), she is invested in multi-modal work and collaborations spanning cosmology, philosophy, environmental and ecological science, performance and visual art.

With a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s from University of Art and Design in Geneva, she has shown at the Berlin Biennale, Kaaitheater in Brussels, and in New York at The Kitchen, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, MoMA/PS1, among others. Her work is held in several private collections as well as in the MoMA Library and Research Collection. A passionate educator, she has been teaching fine art and sustainability courses at Parsons School of Design since 2017. In 2021, she received a grant award from the Tishman Environment and Design Center to begin her long-term land art project. She is an amateur gardener and swimmer.

Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio is at 159 Old Point Road in Southampton. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. For additional information or for an appointment with the artist, contact Ma’s House founder Jeremy Dennis, 631-566-0486