Yambe Tam is an emerging artist based in London whose creative practice combines ancient materials with contemporary processes. Lost wax bronze casting, mould making, oil painting, gilding, weaving, laser cutting, CNC machining come together in objects that disrupt linear notions of time and space, revealing invisible structures of reality and bringing one closer to the unknown. Sculptures and installations centered around forms such as wormholes, labyrinths, and voids draw from the fields of cognitive science, psychology, theoretical physics, Zen Buddhism, and her personal experience with contemplative practices to examine the evolution of consciousness. All these forms function as metaphysical thresholds or gateways, a divide between non-understanding and understanding, ignorance and awakening, the known and unknown. Experience of the artwork is therefore an experience of passage, one that holds potential for transformation through surrender and transcending the sense of self as one awakens to a higher state of being, a process which bridges the sacred and profane, science and religion, spiritual and bodily experience.
Tam recently completed her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. She previously earned her BFA in Art History and Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include group shows with Subject Matter, Ashley Middleton Projects, Lumen Studios, and the Barbican Arts Trust, where she won first prize and a follow-up solo show in 2019. Her work is held in a number of private and corporate collections. She is currently working on a project that combines sculpture, installation, and performance.