DADE Collective was founded in 2017 by Diana Antohe, Angelica Reisch, DS Chapman, and Ellen Smith. While DADE is an acronym for the founding members’ names, the definition of dade also means “to lead and support.” DADE is dedicated to our mission of supporting non-male makers by providing a platform for their work to be shown and produces an annual publication titled “Holding Pattern”.
Born in Galati, Romania and raised in Texas, Diana Antohe’s practice is centered in the reach towards the country of her original citizenship, and the familial relationships that have always defined her understanding of Romania. Through painting, drawing, and sewing, Antohe creates installations with cues from the systems of value and care she has inherited from the examples of her parents and grandparents.
Antohe is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting + Printmaking Program. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University in 2014, with additional studies at the Slade School of Art and Yale’s Auvillar Program. Antohe has held residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Can Serrat Center in El Bruc, Spain, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, Mildred's Lane in Beach Lake, PA, and the London Summer Intensive in London, England.
Angelica Reisch is a Dallas-based artist focusing in video and installation work as well as art publishing and cultural organizing. In her installation work, Reisch is interested in investigating notions of the body, monumentality, public place, memory, and historical narratives as they relate to social systems. She graduated in May 2018 with a B.F.A in Studio Art from SMU Meadows School of the Arts.
D S Chapman
D S Chapman is a Southern California-based artist who produces interpretations of contemporary trans femininity through performances for the camera and live audiences. Her practice investigates notions of self as subject/object and relations of power through performance, photography, writing, and video. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been included in exhibitions, screenings, and publications, both nationally and internationally, in venues including the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art (CICA, Korea), RAIZVANGUARDA Associação Cultural (Boidero, Portugal), Altes Finanzamt (Berlin), and CURA. Magazine (Rome).
Ellen Smith is a visual artist working in Dallas, Texas. Her work explores post modern landscapes-- both physical and social--through abstraction. Her recent works from the HOUSEWORK series specifically explore the relationship of traditional women’s work to her studio practice which is based out of the home she shares with her partner.
Her work has been shown at Ballroom Marfa, Homeland Security, 500X, 500 Singleton, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, and at Southern Methodist University where she received her BFA in Studio Art in 2015.