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Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis
Memorial, superstitions, heirlooms, and amulets have consistently been interconnecting themes which have inspired and informed my work be it jewellery or large-scale installation. I realised I was striving to discover the symbolic significance of objects in peoples lives whether they be personal, religious, cultural or universal. Stemming from a fascination with recording my own personal history I became interested in the relationship people have with certain objects and how they influence behavior and belief through their material meanings. I interpret these influences both symbolically and visually in my work. This has recently merged into much darker themes exploring death itself and its connection to beauty and to the idea of the object fetish. The Uncanny has become central to the development of the work and the nature of veiling. I am always drawn to the idea of magic in objects and of otherworldliness in myth and storytelling, this often occurs in my work.

I combine materials like feathers, leather, wood, silver and stones that are printed with delicate traces of memory. Personal memory and emotion with reference to a lost time are constant threads running through the work. Some of the photographs and films deliberately set out to undermine people’s sense of normality whilst creating a somewhat disturbing dream like state.
2019 ‘Nuda Vita’ Munich Jewellery Week ABC Westside Gallery

2018 The National Eisteddfod, Cardiff Senedd

2018 ‘Initiation’ Munich Jewellery Week, Florian Trampler Gallery

2017 Mission Gallery Anniversary exhibition

2014 Dark Tales – Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

2012 Maker in focus – Mission Gallery, Swansea

2009 Origin – Somerset House week 2

2009 Solo showcase – Llantarnam Grange Art Centre

2008 Origin - Somerset House

2008 British Jewellers – Dan Ginza gallery – Tokyo

2008 Brilliance - Craft Central - Coutts London Jewellery Week

2008 Solo show at Gallery Si - Kobe, Japan

2008 New Traditional Jewellery ‘faith’ competition finalist – Sieradd - Amsterdam

2007 Anna Lewis - Cathexis - Mission Gallery, Swansea

2006 Crafts Council Showcase at V&A Shop, London

2006 Jewellers in summer – gallery Arai – Tokyo

2006 SOFA - Chicago with Ruthin Crafts Centre

2005 Brilliantly Birmingham In Milan - Triennale Museum

2004 Jewellery Unlimited - Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery

2004 The Body Conscious - Crafts Council Shop at the V&A

2004 Mergings - National Gallery Of The Cayman Islands

2003 Wales in New South Wales - Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney

2003 Jewellery meets textiles - Contemporary Applied Arts – London

2003 New wave - Wales / Scotland II - Ruthin Craft Centre & The Scottish Gallery

2003 30 / 30 vision - The Crafts Council - London - touring wi

2002 Dazzle - Royal National Theatre - London

2002 Solo exhibition - The Harley Gallery - Nottinghamshire

2002/03/04 Chelsea Crafts Fair - London - Shortlisted for Janet Fitch Jewellery Award

2002 Schmuck - Munich, with catalogue

2001 One Year On - Crafts Council at New Designers, London

2001 ‘Destination Unknown’- Ruthin Craft Centre, with catalogue
Anna Lewis is an artist and designer maker exploring ideas through the mixture of jewellery, fashion, photography and film. Originally trained as a jewellery designer, she has exhibited in contemporary craft galleries and events all over the world including a solo show in Japan. Anna’s work has been featured in many international design publications including Elle Décor, living etc., Crafts, Selvedge and The Times magazine.

Anna has also diversified into large-scale installation and collaborated more recently with photographers and filmmakers on several projects including music videos and fashion film.

Notions of the body, beauty and making in mixed media remain central to the work. An innovative use of mixed media often combine with delicate printed imagery with materials such as feathers, leather, wood, silk, stones, silver, glass and vintage objects. Most of the work is created by hand but also utilizes new technologies such as laser cutting, digital print and 3d printing.

Inspiration stems from on-going research into memorial, superstition, death and beauty, the uncanny and an overall feeling of storytelling and otherworldliness