Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Yambe Tam (b. 1989, USA, lives and works in London) examines the evolution of consciousness through scientific and spiritual lenses. Her methodology is based on research in cognitive science, theoretical physics, psychology, and Eastern philosophy as well as her personal experience in Zen Buddhism and contemplative practice. Her works often take the form or function of portals - gateways of external or internal transformation and are modeled on distortions of time and space, e.g. worm holes, black holes, patterns generated by sound frequencies, made of timeless materials such as cast bronze, steel, jesmonite, sound, and light. They.create an experience of passage between non-understanding and understanding, ignorance and awakening, the known and unknown: a process which bridges the sacred and profane, science and religion, spiritual and bodily experience.
Tam earned her MA from the Royal College of Art in 2018, and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Solo exhibitions include "Eternal Return" at Raum Z13, Essen, Germany (2019) and "Musica Universalis" at the Barbican Arts Trust, London (2019), the latter of which was awarded from winning the 2018 Artworks Open. She has also exhibited recently with Subject Matter at the Hospital Club, Zero Corners at Gallery 46, and Lumen Studios in London and been featured in publications such as Floor Magazine, FAD Magazine, and the Washington Post. She is a 2019 grantee of Arts Council England.