Vanessa Lam uses mixed media painting and assemblage to explore the hidden stories behind everyday objects. In her recent work, she compares the thinking process to be like “rearranging mental furniture” where shifting deep-seated beliefs can feel like physical exertion. As part of her investigation of the relationship between home and personal identity, Vanessa interprets the home as a compartmentalized reflection of ourselves. There are areas where we open up to others while other areas remain hidden. She is interested in exploring this inner realm where objects exist both in harmony and in flux. Through the process of layering and collage, Vanessa explores the tension of this relationship in her latest body of work.
Vanessa Lam lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia as a mixed media painter. Her work was selected to be in a recent issue of Uppercase Magazine. She was also awarded first place in the 2014 Semiahmoo Arts Juried Art Exhibit. Vanessa has exhibited and sold her work at various community venues and public galleries across the Lower Mainland. Vanessa currently works out of her studio at the Arts Factory.
Why Vanessa supports CARFAC BC:
I first got to know CARFAC BC when I volunteered at their 2013 conference in Vancouver. At the time I started my art practice I didn’t have a lot of connections to other artists and the local art community. CARFAC offered me a place to start especially for professional development as well as providing opportunities to meet other artists. I appreciate all the work CARFAC invests in advocating for artists and support their efforts. - Vanessa Lam
If you are in Vancouver, be sure to stop by and see Vanessa's art alongside the work of her studio mates at the upcoming Spring Salon at the Arts Factory on April 7th and 8th. The Arts Factory is located at 281 Industrial Avenue. You can also check out more of her work on her website or follow along at @adropofwonderstudio.
Image Credit 1: photo of Vanessa by Joey Armstrong
Image Credit 2: Vanessa Lam, Taking the Plunge, 2016, mixed media on wood panel, 30" x 30"
Image Credit 3: Vanessa Lam, On the tip of my tongue, 2016, mixed media on Stonehenge paper, 22" x 30"