The Diver

Lam Ly

Year:

2017

Media:

Ink on paper

Size (cm):

199 x 75 x 0

London 2018

Other works

Seascape

Lam Ly

Year:

2017

Media:

Polystyrene foam, polyester string, wire mesh

Size (cm):

275 x 92 x 122

London 2018

Untitled

Lam Ly

Year:

2017

Media:

Pencil on paper

Size (cm):

50 x 50 x 0

London 2018

Biography

Lam Ly graduated in 1995 from Newcastle University with a First Class Degree in Fine Art. After a break she returned to her first passion of making art in 2010. Since then, she has mainly exhibited in group exhibitions. Notably, her installation "The House Is In" as part of Engage!Art Exhibition at South Hill Park in Bracknell, was extended from a weekend to four months on the request of the Art Centre. She also presented two works, “Earthbound VIIII” and “Earthbound VIII,” at the Dark Arts exhibition at Candid arts in London.

Artist statement

Lam Ly's work is primarily rooted in sculpture, but over the last few years, she has been pursuing the desire to expand into other mediums resulting in works in installation, sound, ceramics, print and drawing – working towards painting. This not only encourages experimentation but also challenges her to expand and sharpen her visual vocabulary by investigating ideas using different materials and formats. The element of search is an important component in her work, not only in the sense of search through drawing, but also in the way art is used as a tool to find her place in the cosmos. Tackling questions of who we are and where do we come from underpins her motivation to make art.

The works submitted were initially inspired by a discarded and beaten up piece of foam, found one day whilst she was out walking on the streets. Immediately, the foam conjured up connotations of the sea. From thereon, it became an investigation not only into the play of words but inquiry into the sea as a body of water, with its many metaphorical implications and symbolic meanings. In the earlier drawings of this series, she tried to depict the sea in its essence as a body of water where she developed a schematic way to describe the space with a series of lines that start from the center and ends at the edge. Later it became clear that she was not only creating a literal or figurative space but was also touching on the notion of the void - a theme that reoccurs in her work.