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Artist uses art to untangle life

"I was working with scientific-looking forms and I set this piece up so the top and bottom align and the sides can be repeated in a brick format, sort of tiled. For a calculus test, Jake was allowed to bring in one sheet with all the formulas he could fit, so he wrote in this really teeny and beautiful handwriting. I thought it would be ironic if that was the background underneath all the cellular, beady pattern, it would be like you were in a room with all the answers," said Lewis, who used a computer to make 70- by 40-inch strips of this repeated pattern to make a wallpaper print.

Lewis has had her art shown at galleries around the region and is hoping the world will be able to see it in New York City someday. As the exhibition and outreach coordinator at the SUNY Albany art museum, she said the exhibition was a good goal for her.

"It's been good to put a lot of focus on completing a body of works and to take a step back and objectively look at it. In this particular case, I'll probably shift what I'm doing, after I take a little break," said Lewis.

Working at the museum with publicity and programming has afforded her a different look at her passion.

"I get to see art from all sides; as an artist and an administrator," said Lewis. "Because I see a lot of art it pushes me to make work that is more personalized and speaks from my point of view."

Lewis will have work displayed along Ryan Parr, another artist and colleague. The exhibit is open at Saratoga Arts Center at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs from April 3 to May 29. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. and a discussion with the artists on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

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