I first worked with Pip for their 2019 exhibition at Cool Change Contemporary and have been excitedly following their career trajectory ever since. I love the way their drawings capture slices of daily life which initially seem mundane but, upon closer look, are revealed as unique insights into the mysterious depths of the human psyche. What kind of person chooses to exchange broccoli for a packet of chips, or vanilla essence for Durex personal lubricant? Whoever they are, Pip Lewi sees them and through their meticulously replicated drawings and gentle humour gives us an opportunity to imagine the choices we might make when faced with a similar dilemma.
— Miranda Johnson, Hatched Curatorial Fellow & Out of Bounds Co-Curator
Pip Lewi identifies with the flâneur, meaning ‘stroller’ or ‘loafer’ in French, and used by the 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire to describe an observer of modern urban life. Lewi’s paintings and drawings document the artist’s explorations of the city, their observations of specific and familiar places and the small/incidental, undramatic details/scenes that often go unnoticed.
Lewi’s solo exhibition An Ode to Transperth was exhibited in 2022 at Goolugatup Heathcote along with Road Repairs, a collaborative exhibition with Paul Sutherland. In 2021, Lewi produced what washes up, an interactive and ambient solo exhibition for Perth Festival, and facilitated its accompanying public walking tour ‘we could walk together if you want’. They also exhibited their third solo show at Spectrum Project Space, were awarded Highly Commended in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award and worked on NEW TIDES – a community arts project for the 2021 Fremantle Biennale. They have previously shown work at various local galleries including Cool Change Contemporary, Pig Melon, Paper Mountain, City Arts Space, Smart Casual, Moores Building and AGWA.
Pip is one of the artists in Out of Bounds (2022), curated by PICA Curator Sarah Wall and Hatched Curatorial Fellow Miranda Johnson. Their work was available for sale at PICA’s signature donor event PICA Salon Vernissage 2022 on Saturday 6 August.