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Folio Weekly Exhibition Artist Highlight: Alisha Lewis



Each week, The Cummer will be highlighting each of the 50 artists represented in the upcoming Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition, on view at the Museum from August 24 – December 2.

Alisha Lewis, Self Reflection, 2010, earthenware, 5 x 5 x 9 in., Courtesy of the Artist.

Alisha Lewis, Self Reflection, 2010, earthenware, 5 x 5 x 9 in., Courtesy of the Artist.

An appreciation of the human figure, satire, and humor, are reflected in
Alisha’s art.  Her current sculptures and videos are social commentaries that express ideas of self-image.  Inspired by the European figurine tradition her sculptures’ physical features are not exaggerated and modeling style is simplistic but emotionally charged.

Alisha’s art relates to work from the Black Arts Movement and to Black
Feminism of the 1970’s.  These intersections of gender, race, and culture are also present in contemporary African American art by Lorna Simpson, damali ayo, and Kara Walker.  These artists address the post-colonialist baggage still present for African Americans, women especially so, in contemporary America.

Her art also comments on the internal struggle of the African American
community.  The sculptures convey a psychological state in a post- colonialist
society, and a double consciousness.  She uses posture in her ceramic figures as well as performances to reflect socio psychological states.  She comments on the internal struggle of African American women with image; conflicts between their physical features, mainstream notions of beauty and social acceptance. The figurines are intimate views, hand modeled, and decorated with terra sigilatta, overglazes and various cold finishes.

Join us for the opening night celebration for this exhibition on Friday, August 24th.  Purchase $5 tickets on our website by clicking here.  Museum members will receive free admission.

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