Bio and Statement
Shannon Lewis is a Canadian artist of Caribbean descent, based in Berlin. Her surrealist paintings demand a pleasure associated with shapeshifting, as an adaptation - bizarre imagery alongside uncanny landscapes form her fantastical world. The collaged figures, whether in painting or life-sized silk chiffon installation, storytell, and form new structures - between spaces, classes and geographies - fully immersing her audience.
Her practice examines performance and the objects we naturally collect throughout time. Figures attempt to place themselves in luxe interiors, but their limbs move in and out of the space, never fitting in the composition. These evasive movements are about mobility, intersecting with: intimacy, sexuality, gender, race, immigration, class and social climbing.
Lewis has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Trinidad, Switzerland, England and Germany. She has a Bachelor of Arts from OCADU in Toronto and a Masters of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London.