My name is Tasha Lewis and I am an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana, currently living in Jersey Cityand working at the studios of Aferro Gallery in Newark, NJ. My art practice bridges the hard strength of sculpture with the hand-powered detail and tactility of textiles. While working across a wide range of themes, I have honed a technique for making light, flexible paper and tape sculpture that is covered in a fabric skin. The relationship between the skin and the form is the same as it is in nature: the stretched surface molds around the solid interior without loosing its softness and vulnerability. It is this connection which attracts me to the natural world. What began as experimentation in faux-taxidermy, has become more about my exploration of the stitch as mark, female craft, and my position as a woman in the art world.
A Dying Art, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
September 29, 2015 - January 14, 2016
The Sewn Portrait (solo show), Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL