I've always believed in the inherent spirits in objects, books, vessels, fabrics and textiles. My parents had an antiques business when I was little and I began doing ritual-style installations with objects at an early age. That is essentially what I still do...scour local and far-flung destinations in search of the materials to manifest my visual narratives (paintings, drawings, collages, assemblages, sculptures, and installations). My friend Merrilee says I'm an 'ethnographic surrealist' and I think that's an apt description.
I live in New Orleans. I also write and make films.
Recent exhibitions of my visual art include: Haiti, Cambodia, and Washington DC. I've taught and worked with young artists at Fosaj Arts (Jacmel, Haiti), The Happy School (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Collectors include Alexander Payne, Michael Stipe, Julianne Moore, Patti Smith, Richard Simmons and Bon Iver.
Chris Lawson is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
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