Lia Chavez

Lia has a powerful, beautiful presence. She's an intellectual giant. And transitions between conversation of poetry, fashion, music and neuroscience with ease.

She holds a Master of Philosophy in Visual Art and a Master’s Degree in Photography from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was a Fellow in Visual Cultures and Feminist Aesthetics at the University of Oxford. She's exhibited globally at the Venice Biennale, the Tate, the Istanbul Biennial and the Savannah College of Art and Design, among others.

Within moments of meeting her, it's clear she's an artist that remains open and present at all times. It's an ethereal quality. Arriving at her home it's as if time slowed down. The slowness is required to process things as thoroughly and intently as she does.

She's seen lights in her mind from an early age. And her pursuit of what this light was and how it came to be is the source of both her art and research. Her background in dance evolved into what is more commonly known as Performance Art. However she landed on the term Embodied Art as a more clear representation of her movement.

It was an ideal day spent at her East Long Island home. Mixing Roucha with her incredible vintage collection. Meeting her lovely lovely family. Eating wonderful food. She shared this William Blake quote with me and it resonated, “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite."

—Jill Wenger, Roucha Founder, July 2021
Directed by Taylor Tupy