Tau Lewis

Tau Lewis

Canadian
b. 1993
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Tau Lewis constructs intricate sculptural portraits and quilts using found, gathered, gifted and recycled materials drawn from personal environments in Toronto, New York and her family home in Negril, Jamaica.

Tau Lewis constructs intricate sculptural portraits and quilts using found, gathered, gifted and recycled materials drawn from personal environments in Toronto, New York and her family home in Negril, Jamaica.

Tau Lewis was born in 1993 in Toronto, Canada. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Referring to her artistic practice as “an upcycling of a circumstance”, Lewis continues a long history of black cultural production, using found objects available to her and reconfiguring these in a manner similar to a hip-hop or jazz musician.

Lewis’ portraits reference individuals within her immediate community as well as imagined ancestors; they are “celestial bodies” or talismans who act as spiritual conduits between the past, present and future.

A self-taught artist, Lewis employs highly involved methods to make her works: hand-sewing, direct carving and assemblage. Speaking of her processes, Lewis says, “I hand-stitch everything. I enjoy sewing; I did it as a kid, and it feels tender. The plaster pieces in the artwork are hand carved. I’m interested in how I can honour and continue diasporic practices of art making, which have been labour intensive and very focused on recycling and burning their own energy into the object.” By reclaiming used and discarded materials to compose her distinctive forms, Lewis engages in a practice that is recuperative and regenerative.

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