The Ann Flack Boseman Gallery

Current Exhibit: Coping Ugly

January 17-February 15, 2019

As the result of a profound loss, grief is a natural, inescapable part of living. America is still largely a grief-avoidant culture and death is still an uncomfortable topic. Grief and those grieving can be marginalized by our society, typically in a passive way by others’ reluctance for discomfort. Confronting the messiness of grief and the reality of death in a public space could encourage perspective shifts.  

As an artist who experienced the death of a loved one, Lewis has a personal understanding of grief that was unimaginable prior to her lose. Grief has become an integral part of her life, and in the way she creates art. Her grief has also served as a catalyst: to make human connections as part of the healing process, to create pieces that engage the public with uncomfortable topics and to give voice and visualization to her experience. In Coping Ugly, the artist will openly offer her own grief in visual form and, in doing so, provide to those viewers who have experienced loss, a reminder: you’re not alone.