ABOUT LIA CHAVEZ
The multimedia artwork of New York-based Lia Chavez draws upon her fascination with the laws of the physical universe and delves into the astonishing mysteries of light, form, and the interior cosmos. Her multifaceted artistic vocabulary embraces dynamic and immersive experiential installations, performance, photographic processes, painting, and sculpture, as well as scientific, technological, and theoretical innovations.
Her art is an invitation into the vast inner landscape of beauty, forming a detailed, rigorous exploration of the phenomenology of light and the emergent possibilities of working with human consciousness as an art material. To this end, she has crafted critically-acclaimed immersive environments and performances which fuse art, science, technology, and contemplative practice. Combining the ancient wisdom of contemplative practices and the latest science of the mind, she investigates the fascinating frontier of optics through an extensive series of meticulously documented meditation-induced encounters with light. By presenting visions of the radiant cosmos within, the artist provides us with a reminder that our relationship to the world — both outside and within — is shaped by the dynamics of time, space, and light.
Lia Chavez has featured in prestigious venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, Tate, the Creative Time Summit, and the Armory Show. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Light Body (2016) at the Farm of Isabella Rossellini, The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub (2015) presented by Art Production Fund at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Carceri (2014) at Two Rams, New York, Tumult (2014) presented by House of the Nobleman, London, and Luminous Objects at the 2014 SPRING/BREAK Art Show. She is the recipient of major commissions from Art Production Fund, The Armory Show, and the Affirmation Arts Fund. She has lectured on art at many international institutions, including Oxford University where she was a Fellow. She is a visiting artist-researcher in the neuroscience of creativity at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London where she develops pioneering research on visionary optics and creative inspiration. She received her MA in Photography and Master of Philosophy in Visual Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and has studied contemplative practice with mystics and sages from the East and West. Her monograph, Lia Chavez: A Thousand Rainbows, was recently released by Damiani.