Lam will discuss a recent body of work involving drawing and photography exploring the challenges and possibilities of how history is inscribed within cultural objects.

Gwenessa Lam is a contemporary artist and educator. Her paintings and drawings investigate the intersection between the perception, memory, and representation of place. Her work depicts intimate interiors and shadowy objects, all suggesting locations or situations we may have come across. These images take an interest in how memory and history are embodied in everyday objects and experiences of space.  Her work was recently included in borderLINE: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta, fall 2020.

Lam received her MFA from New York University and BFA from the University of British Columbia.  She has received fellowships to Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the Skowegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Lam is Associate Professor with Emily Carr University and is based in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB.

This will be a previously recorded presentation and conversation with Christine Sowiak and Michele Hardy. Free, online event.

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Gwenessa Lam,
Saturna Island ceramic Figure, unknown age, Royal BC Museum Archaeology Collection, DeRt-9:C233, scanned drawing, 2019. LightJet C-prints. Courtesy the artist.


Gwenessa Lam, Photo by Rachel Pick.