October 30, 2017
Tau Lewis was awarded the 2017 William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for emerging artists.
Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, announced today the recipients of the 2017 William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Canadian Artists.
Tau Lewis is a Jamaican-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught sculptor, her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity. Her current practice relies heavily on her surrounding environment; she constructs sculptural portraits using found objects, repurposed materials and live plants sourced from urban and rural landscapes. She considers the history and symbolism of each material, exploring the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. Lewis connects these acts of repurposing and collecting with diasporic experience and black bodies. Her portraits are recuperative gestures that counter persistent tendencies to erase or peripheralize black artists and narratives within Canadian art and history.
The award winners were selected by a jury of arts professionals, including Andrea Fatona, curator and Associate Professor, Graduate Studies, Ontario College of Art and Design; curator John Hampton, of Brandon, Manitoba; and visual artist Jinny Yu, of Ottawa.
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