On View until September 26th 2020

The Artist Talk Was held on September 10th, 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

Watch it here.

Detail View of Figure 1 Blanket
Figure 1 Blanket
Format: Object
Dimensions: 19 X 17 X 1 inches
Material: Square sterling silver wire knotted and intertwined
Year: 2020
A Hymn, A Hum, A Wish
Format: Object
Dimensions: 29 X 7 X 2.75 inches
Material: Formed sterling silver and cast sterling silver soldered together
Year: 2018
Detail of A Hymn, A Hum, A Wish
A Hollow Hold
Format: Object
Dimensions: 14 X 3.5 X 5 inches
Material: Formed sterling silver tubing soldered together
Year: 2020
A Hollow Hold
Format: Necklace
Dimensions: length: 21 inches Pendant: 3 X 2 X 1 inches
Material: Formed sterling silver tubing beaded, soldered and strung
Year: 2020
Pinched Heart
Format: Brooch
Dimensions: 6.5 X 3 X 2 inches
Material: Folded and formed sterling silver with a stainless steel pinback
Year: 2019
Detail of Pinched Heart
Cluster Ring
Format: Ring
Dimensions: 2 X 1.5 X 1.5 inches, size 6.5
Material: Square sterling silver wire knotted and intertwined
Year: 2020
Hanging Ingot
Format: Object
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inches
Material: Square sterling silver wire knotted and intertwined
Year: 2019
Silver Strand
Format: Necklace
Dimensions: 90 inches long, bead size ¼ inch diameter
Material: Formed sterling silver tubing beaded and strung
Year: 2020
Wishbone
Format: Object
Dimensions: 8.25 X 4 X 2.25 inches
Material: Forged and wrapped sterling silver
Year: 2018

Bio:

Betsy Lewis investigates acts of offering by accumulating signifiers that allude to grief and hope; working together to realize a new form of telling the truth through our bodies. Making objects whose meaning is derived from the weight of memories and the methods we use to instill objects with meaning Lewis tends to use traditional silversmith techniques such as hollow forming, forging, and fabrication. Doing so establishes historical tension by asserting these methods’ value in a contemporary studio context.

Contributing actively to the field Betsy Lewis has held assistantship and teaching positions at Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn Metalworks, and SUNY New Paltz, the latter of which she received her Master in Fine Art. Lewis currently lives and works in New York City.

Artist Statement:

A witness from inside, I tell a lost truth. Cradling stolen moments of breath and bearing the weight of memory, The Figure of the Falling exhibits works that refer to the center: the core, the spine, the gut, and the heart. Metal objects and necklaces point to sites on the body to interpret the impossibilities of telling. Like the armor they have become, these works serve as protection and give testimony to the privacy of night. The heartbeats of these memories are transferred into the stillness of the work, and here I learn to breathe again.

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