Contemplating the chances of non-gendered motherhood, Toronto-born artist Tau Lewis stitches collectively outsized characters and floral tendrils that occupy a lavish fictional world. Textured swatches of material remodel stark gallery area into pastel gardens and the idyllic universe of the “T. A. U. B. I. S.,” or the bulging-eyed creature with a protruding tongue proven above. Teeming with themes of compassion, pleasure, and freedom, the sprawling works evoke beginning and the heat of a womb stuffed with mild.
Half of the gathering titled Triumphant Alliance of the Ubiquitous Blossoms of Incarnate Souls—which closed final week at Toronto’s Cooper Cole—Lewis’s installations think about an setting centered round abundance, which she explains:
Mutable and devoid of gender, they transmute into blossoms. Each blossom embodies a soul who’s alive and listening. T.A.U.B.I.S. blossoms develop year-round, uni-wide, even in harshest climate and on most hostile planets. The T.A.U.B.I.S talk and gather intel by means of these blossoms.
A self-taught artist based mostly in Brooklyn, Lewis hand-dyes classic curtains, mattress sheets, blankets, towels, and clothes that she sews into quilts and looming sculptural figures. Her physique of work typically explores a number of sides of trauma and the methods guide labor can present therapeutic. From the textiles gathered all through Toronto, New York, and her household’s house in Negril, Jamaica, Lewis patches collectively representations of neighborhood members and ancestors. “The transformative act of repurposing these supplies remembers practices of resourcefulness in diasporic contexts; upcycling is a recuperative act that reclaims each company and reminiscence,” she says in a statement.
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