when last you found me here
May 24–August 24, 2019
College Art Gallery 1, Peter MacKinnon Building,
107 Administration Place
Curator, Leah Taylor
Friday, May 24 at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 24 at 7:30 pm
Tau Lewis combines natural and synthetic materials to create simulations, or vessels, of living organisms. Lewis is a Jamaican-Canadian sculptor whose self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage of repurposed and reclaimed materials to build these time capsules.
With a deep consideration for the objects she utilizes, Lewis recognizes they have been ‘passed through multiple hands and are energetically charged, which helps bring the figurative works to life.’ Lewis’ material practice is directly influenced by her environment, while conceptually the sculptures investigate black identity and agency, memory and recovery, and African diaspora.
About the Artist
Tau Lewis’ self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage to build portraits. She considers spaces of erasure, what they might hold and how we can re-access these spaces as generative information centres through storytelling and imagination. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness. The materiality of Lewis’ work is often informed by her surrounding environment; she constructs out of found objects and recycled materials. She connects these acts of repurposing, collecting and archiving with diasporic experience. Her portraits are recuperative gestures that explore agency, memory and recovery. Lewis’ work has been included in exhibitions at Frieze New York, Atlanta Contemporary, Jeffrey Stark (NY), Shoot the Lobster (NY), Night Gallery (LA), MoMa PS1 (NY), Cooper Cole (Toronto) and New Museum (NY).