We Laughed Until We Cried
Lily Lewis (b.1986) blends political satire and fine art in her drawings and paintings, on show for the first time in this upcoming London show.
Lewis’ work melds styles drawn from vitriolic newspaper cartoons in the traditions of Punch and The New Yorker with an attention to surface, texture and technical expertise drawn from more canonical art forms. Think Escher’s tessellation, Dali’s morphism, and Durer’s line, and you might start to get the idea.
Provoked largely by the recent, epoch-shaping political events in the performance of Western democracy—the Brexit vote and the election of President Donald Trump—Lily started to produce this work as a form of catharsis, from the firm prejudice that comedy can be unifying. As rhetoric concerning these issues escalates, the paramount position of intelligent comedy becomes more, not less important, to a world where the erosion of civil liberties by western governments may be becoming an everyday concern.
The back gallery shows a series entitled ‘Soft Power’. The series was initiated in December 2016 and consists of works on ink and paper. These drawings depict the female form, borrowing components such as feminine silhouettes to create floral still lifes. The delicate drawings form a dialogue between nature and the body.
This group of drawings, which are executed in the same medium as ‘We Laughed Until We Cried’, act as an antidote to the unsettling political sketches in the front gallery. These feminine expressions are more urgent during these difficult times and their careful display allows the viewer a moment of repose.
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