Acclaimed artist Dan Lam has released some new blobs, drops and squishes – her trademark drippy sculptures that are weird as well as ugly but strangely enticing and beautiful.
Featured previously, her style evolved after her first paintings were challenged as being “too pretty”. Instead of rejecting her abilities, she decided to push boundaries to see how far she could “get away with making beautiful things and what happened to beauty when there was too much of it”.
“They stem from the concept of beauty and ugliness, evolving into the idea of attraction and repulsion, along with a multitude of other dichotomies that I find interesting,” Dan told Creative Boom. “The works exist in this in-between space, where opposing ideas meet, where they create tension and balance at the same time.
“The process itself is also highly informative of what I do next. Often times I’ll discover something while making a piece and want to explore that one aspect further. It’s a balancing act of allowing the material to exist and do its thing and me ‘controlling’ it.”
Her interest in these concepts developed with her work and she started exploring different avenues and visuals to express those ideas. Crafted using polyurethane foam, acrylic paint and epoxy resin, her weird and wonderful sculptures are intended to repulse us but also evoke this feeling that we must reach out and touch them, squeeze them even.
“I look to the body and nature for cues,” says Dan. “I’m interested in creating these bright, attractive things that begged to be held, but either can’t be touched because of the setting, or you can actually touch them, but they’re hard and spiky making them not so inviting. They remind me of Ken Price in that quintessentially Californian kind of language, but brought right up to date.”
To find out more, visit www.bydanlam.com.