Artist Talk: Betsy Lewis
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, Lewis has held assistantship and teaching positions at Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Brooklyn Metalworks, and SUNY New Paltz, where she received her Master in Fine Art. Lewis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.