VANESSA LAM

A Handmade Night
Oct 5 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Oct 5th from 2 to 4pm.

Vanessa Lam’s latest body of work takes its inspiration from author Rebecca Solnit’s characteristic method of layered storytelling—specifically Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby, which weaves together an eloquent and elegant story about stories—in order to develop her own complex, intertwined visual narratives.

Solnit states, “To tell a story is always to translate the raw material into a specific shape, to select out of the boundless potential facts those that seem salient.”

Lam’s paintings, each of which takes its title from a line in Solnit’s book, likewise translate the material of her everyday observations of texture, line, shape, and the emotions they evoke into colour, form, and movement. As Solnit also remarks, “Creation is always in the dark because you can only do the work of making by not quite knowing what you’re doing, by walking into darkness, not staying in the light. Ideas emerge from the edges and shadows to arrive in the light, and though that’s where they may be seen by others, that’s not where they’re born.” Solnit is Lam’s guide within the darkness before she returns to the light.

This latest series is also a response to Lam’s interest in Abstract Expressionism as well as the shape-making derived from her collage influences. Her gestures intentionally contrast hard-edged geometry and organic forms with paint splatters. Lam’s intuitive process lends itself to spontaneity and the unknown. The title of the exhibition, “A Handmade Night,” references this process of embracing the unknown and is a follow-up to her previous body of work “There is Another Sky”.

Vanessa Lam investigates the dynamics of form, space and the unconscious through collage and mixed media painting. She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through gesture and automatic painting. Her action-oriented process involves a balance between chance and control. Although her mark making may appear random, Vanessa loosely directs paint through the immediacy of her brushwork and use of non-traditional painting tools. This spontaneity translates into her collage process. It engages her to instinctively respond to materials for shape, texture, line and colour. At the same time, the element of juxtaposition in collage allows Vanessa to create contrast through the placement of paint and the variance of her mark making. It is the fluid movement between chance and control that attracts her to examine both disciplines.

Vanessa Lam lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia as a mixed media painter. She was awarded the Vancouver Regional Award and Grand Prize Award for the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Her work was also selected to be in recent issues of Create Magazine and Uppercase Magazine, and she has exhibited and sold her work at various community venues and public galleries in the Lower Mainland. Vanessa recently completed a one month residency at Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany.

Vanessa Lam’s CV

 

Vanessa Lam Residing In The Mystery Of Others

Scalds Sleeping Love  2019
Mixed media on panel  48″ x 40″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam The Feeling Itself Reached Out

The Feeling Itself Reached Out  2019
Mixed media on panel  40″ x 33″
$2,900.00

 

Vanessa Lam Silence Around All Sounds

Silence Around All Sounds  2019
Mixed media on canvas  48″ x 40″
$4,200.00

 

Vanessa Lam Endless Light and Endless Effort

Endless Light and Endless Effort  2019
Mixed media on canvas  52.5″ x 41.5″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Lovers that Belong to the Night

Lovers that Belong to the Night  2019
Mixed media on canvas  60″ x 48″
$5,500.00

 

anessa Lam Mysterious Elixir

Mysterious Elixir  2019
Mixed media on panel  40″ x 33″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam The Familiar Made Strange

The Familiar Made Strange  2019
Mixed media on panel  40″ x 33″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Library of Water

Library of Water  2019
Mixed media on canvas  36″ x 48″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Vale of Soul-Making

Vale of Soul-Making  2019
Mixed media on canvas  48″ x 64.5″
$6,200.00

 

Vanessa Lam Unfolded Within Your Imagination

Unfolded Within Your Imagination  2019
Mixed media on canvas  48″ x 56″
$5,200.00

 

Vanessa Lam House of Exhalations

House of Exhalations  2019
Mixed media on canvas  52.5″ x 58.5″
$6,000.00

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No1

Refraction 1  2018
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No2

Refraction No 2  2018
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No3

Refraction No 3  2018
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
$850.00

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No4

Refraction No 4  2019
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
SOLD

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No5

Refraction No 5  2018
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
$850.00

 

Vanessa Lam Refraction No6

Refraction No 6  2018
Collage on paper  18″ x 16″
SOLD

 

Inside Each Other’s Thoughts  2019
Mixed media on canvas on panel  22″ x 18″
$1,200.00

 

Other Ways Of Telling  2019
Mixed media on canvas on panel  22″ x 18″
SOLD

 

The Familiar Edge of the Unknown  2019
Mixed media on Tyvek  approx 49″ x 25″ x 10.5″
$4,200.00

 

Of Beyond and of After  2019
Mixed media on Tyvek  approx 51″ x 27″ x 11″
$4,200.00

 

ADDITIONAL WORKS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN OUR GALLERY

Vanessa LamShe Dreams, She's Awake 48x36

She Dreams She’s Awake  2019
Mixed Media on panel  48″ x 36″
$3,500.00

 

Vanessa Lam The Word Will Get Out

The Word Will Get Out  2018
Mixed media on canvas  66.5″ x 57″
$6,400.00

 

This artist’s work is represented at Ian Tan Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery