In a modern era of virtual reality and social
networks, sometimes it is hard to tell what is real, and what is not. Our lives had become intertwined with the imaginary
space of digital world. Today’s artist is playing elegant visual tricks on our
minds, creating sculptures/creatures which look both realistic and
Philippines born artists Dan Lam lives in the United
States and creates drippy sculptures. She works with polyurethane foam and arranges
it around a stable base, then leaves the structure to gain its own exceptional
form. Afterwards, layers of neon paint are poured over the sculptures, Lam also
uses resin and acrylic paint. You can observe the whole creating process of her works in the following video.
The final results are both mesmerizing and puzzling.
The structures, or better to say creatures, we see are unique as they appear to
be both organic and unreal. Their appearance balance between something none of
us want to see under the bed at night, and something we cannot get enough of. The
resemblance with the objective reality is combined with alien-like digital technologies,
so at first you can’t really tell whether the structures are real, or we deal
with the computer graphics.
Dan Lam says that she draws inspiration from
observing the world around her.
“This current work reflects my continued engagement in
ideas of beauty, desire, and disgust – I take cues from nature, food, and the
human body. By not directly referencing one thing in particular, I try to
create something that addresses both attraction and repulsion, making objects
that exist in between.” tells the author of these mesmerizing sculptures in the
interview to HiFructose magazine.
Another interesting side of Lam’s works is the union
between digital world and organic reality, so beautifully embraced in her drippy
sculptures. We live in the Information Era and it is no secret to anyone that
the impact of the technologies and virtual reality is growing with a speed of
sound. But yet, when we see the actual combination of both parties, we feel
puzzled, hypnotized, disguised even (the artist herself tells that many of the
responses she gets are filled with repugnance).
These beautiful sculptures are not just the treat for
our eyes and the sense of touch; they raise quite disturbing questions about
the future of our reality, particularly about our attitude towards it. Will we
accept the technologies as our organic, basic need and eventually will turn
them into an essential part of our future selves? Or are we still attached to
the customary and traditional ways and not quite ready for everything technologies
and science are offering us? These questions are yet to be answered by the
upcoming generations, and we are left with a chance of observing the changes,
as well as enjoying wonderful creations of wonderful Dan Lam.