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Yambe Tam

MA work



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Painting, 2018

  • Yambe Tam's creative practice looks at the evolution of consciousness through the lenses of cognitive science, theoretical physics, Zen Buddhism, and Jungian psychology. This takes form in paintings and sculptures that piece together the sense of struggle, growth, and surrender to the unknown through imagery of the cosmos, plants, gates, gardens, labyrinths, nets, holes (black holes, wormholes, keyholes), the void, and the human body. Her process involves a combination of digital and traditional techniques (e.g. lost-wax bronze casting, gilding, shibari bondage, CNC machining) that combine ancient and contemporary aesthetics. This is part of a larger vocabulary that traverses the sacred and profane by merging religion and science, spiritual and physical experience.
  • Degrees

  • BFA Painting & Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Mixtopias, VisArts Center, Rockville, MD, 2013; Red Biennial, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2013; Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK, 2014; Gen-Y 2.0, VisArts Center, Rockville, Maryland, USA, 2015; William & Dorothy Yeck Award, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, 2015; Mission Universe, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA, 2016; Accessible Art Fair, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium, 2016; Pebeo Art Prize, The Strand Gallery, London, UK, 2017; Thumbnails, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2018; Cosmic Perspectives, Lumen Studios/Ugly Duck, London, UK, 2018
  • Awards

  • Second Prize, Red Biennial, Cambridge Art Association, 2013; Art Gemini Prize 2014, Finalist, 2014 & 2013; Aesthetica Art Prize, Longlist, 2015; Commission, Indianapolis International Airport, 2015; Finalist, William & Dorothy Yeck Award, 2015; Artist Residency Grant, Can Serrat, 2016