Shapeshifting is an adaptation. It is the work that we do to be able to move between spaces, classes and geographies. But what does that work—the constant reworking—do to our bodies or our minds? Shannon Lewis’ practice examines performance, migration, adaptability and the objects that we collect along the way. Figures attempt to place themselves in interiors, but slide in and out, never sitting just right. These evasive movements are about mobility, intersecting with sexuality, gender, race, immigration and class. Decolonial self-making as sport, for access and for life. As we present ourselves to be read to the world, as we fine tune our personal brands we blur the lines between subjects and objects. We create a set of erotics around them. Advertising scrambles old signs and semiotics but some stereotypes or readings stick. The work takes on this stickiness of language and the history of image making. It sits in a space that has fun with high femme performance fantasy and total exhaustion.
- Shannon Lewis