Tau Lewis


Tau Lewis

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Tau Lewis  (b. 1993, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) employs arduous methods such as hand sewing, carving, and assemblage to build intricate sculptural portraits and quilts. A self-taught artist, her practice is rooted in healing personal, collective, and historical traumas through labour. The materiality of Lewis' work is often informed by her surrounding environment: she constructs out of found, gathered, and recycled materials from Toronto, New York, and outside of her family's home in Negril, Jamaica. The transformative act of repurposing these materials recalls practices of resourcefulness in diasporic contexts; upcycling is a recuperative act that reclaims both agency and memory. The portraits themselves reference both individuals in Lewis' community and imagined ancestors.

Tau Lewis is currently on exhibition at The 59th Venice Biennale. Lewis's solo presentations at Haus Der Kunst, Munich, DE and Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR are forthcoming. Past exhibitions include her solo exhibition Symphony at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa 2021, as well as group projects at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California and Prospect.5, New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Lewis has exhibited in several museums and institutions such as Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada (2020); College Art Galleries, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada (2019); Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Canada (2018); New Museum, New York, USA (2017); Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada (2017); MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2017) and Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada (2017). Lewis' work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library Collection, New York, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Miami, FL; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA. Lewis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

Lewis is represented by Night Gallery, Los Angeles and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London UK.