Tau Lewis' self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labor. 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 centers 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.
(b. 1993) Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Frieze New York, Atlanta Contemporary, Jeffrey Stark, NY, Shoot the Lobster, NY, Night Gallery, LA, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK, Art Basel Miami, Oakville Galleries, Toronto, COOPER COLE, Toronto. Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include: MoMa PS1, New York, Chapter Gallery, New York, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, New Museum, New York, The Hammer Museum, LA.