TASHA LEWIS lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her sculptures combine fiber techniques to generate relics of a new mythology driven by imperfect and resilient female figures. Textile is central to her practice because it can be manipulated like a skin around her plaster wood and wire forms. This surface can be pierced, sewn, beaded, or dyed and serves as a rich ground for storytelling. In response to our culture’s caustic atmosphere, especially toward women’s bodies, Lewis’ figures are often eroded. Like objects lost at sea, they host collections of pearls that act like barnacles. These beaded embellishments are part invader, part armor and part jewelry. Furthermore, color gradation in her work traces a metaphorical rising tide. Through her labor, Lewis transforms iconic elements of Classical Greek culture and probes the beauty in their decay.
Tasha Lewis attended Swarthmore College and studied studio art and English literature. She has self published two books. The first, Illustrating James Joyce’s Ulysses in Eight Weeks, is a 700 page tome that combines excerpts from the novel with works on paper she created in response to each page. The second, Swarm the World: A Global Collaborative Street Art Project, is a 250 page curated selection of photographs from 200 collaborators in 45 different countries who installed the Lewis’ hand sewn magnetic butterflies on metal objects or surfaces around their home towns. Lewis has exhibited in galleries and museums across the US and recently completed a three week doing shack residency in the Cape Cod national seashore.