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 the history and symbolism of each material, exploring the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. 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 repurposed materials, as well as live plants and organisms sourced from urban and rural landscapes. She connects these acts of repurposing and collecting with diasporic experience. Her portraits are recuperative gestures that investigate black identity and agency, memory and recovery.
Tau Lewis (b. 1993) is a Jamaican-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Lewis has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, NADA Miami and New Museum, New York. She has received support from Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Recent and forthcoming exhibition sites include: Atlanta Contemporary, Shrine Gallery, New York, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Oakville Galleries, Toronto, and The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ont.