Cathy Lewis’ work examines cultural identity, the importance of a cultural heritage and how this may be learnt and shared. Encouraging her audience to examine links between the past and the future, her works call into question how the future is consistently propped up by the past.
Her work is figurative, often using groups, verging towards installations. Working in both bronze and jesmonite Lewis is known for flawless representation of form. From 2009 Lewis’ work shifted to include her widely recognised life-sized child figures, these beautiful pieces are often shown in groups with leanings towards installation setups. The pieces regularly feature strong urban or tribal themes, with tea playing a strong role in her Re Set Tea Set series. Through this collection Cathy highlights how something as unassuming as tea can play a vital role in cultural connections with the past as well as social connections today.
Born in 1968 in Bristol, Cathy Lewis trained at Glasgow & Falmouth School of Art (BA) Hons from 1987-1990. Cathy works out of Spike Island art studio and has been based there since 1998, currently residing in Bristol after returning to her hometown from Cornwall in 1994.
“My work often combines a layering of ideas, each idea influencing the outcome of a piece. For me, art is about questions rather than answers.” – Cathy Lewis