TASHA LEWIS: THE OFFERINGS
Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture (UTK) / 1715 Volunteer Blvd. April 5, 2022 - April 12, 2022
This exhibition re-possesses the architectural elements of column, altar and arch to frame and elevate symbols tied to the creative labors of women with thread. The spinning wheel, a figure with hand-spindle, and tatted lace have all become revered icons. They are both as familiar and as unfamiliar to the artist as they will be to most viewers. The rediscovery of, and reflection on, these technologies of textile are staged through the use of digital fabrication processes. CNC plasma cut steel, 3D printed figurines, digital embroideries, and laser-cut Plexiglas are interwoven with hand-dyed and stitched cotton, hand-modeled and cast clay and latex, hand-buffed-steel and carved foam. The traces of the fingers and of the body of the artist are everywhere as she attempts to physicalize her relationship with small things, like family heirlooms of lace, and huge things, like the systemic de- valuation of female-gendered work.