Based in Naʼnízhoozhí (Gallup, NM), Eric-Paul Riege (Diné, b. 1994) creates soft, woven sculptures, wearable art, digital collages, and durational performances that relate to his heritage and spirituality, particularly the intergenerational and interspecies traditions of weaving. These works express his philosophies and cosmologies of sanctuary, harmony and interconnection with all elements of the world around him. His work is a being of Hózhó–Diné philosophy that encompasses beauty, balance, goodness, and harmony in all things physical and mental and its bearing on everyday experience. His work, which he describes as being “encompassed in the threads of weaving and life”, create an immersive and charged space influenced by his own homes, ceremonies, and rituals, from his past, future, and present selves.
Riege’s first solo museum presentation was at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in 2019. He has shown work and performed at venues including the SITE Santa Fe Biennial 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation Museum in Tségháhoodzání (Window Rock, AZ), the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2021 he had group shows at Regen Projects and STARS Gallery in Los Angeles, California and a a solo show at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He collaborated with Jeffrey Gibson on Gibson’s monumental sculpture and ziggurat “Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House” at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In the upcoming year, Riege will be apart of the 2021 Prospect New Orleans Triennial and 2022 Toronto Biennial.