Dan Lam’s sculptures: IT’S ALIVE!

By Liza G.

Dan Lam’s sculptures: IT’S ALIVE!

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 unbelievable.

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.

A video posted by Dan Lam (@sopopomo) on

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.

A video posted by Dan Lam (@sopopomo) on

A video posted by Dan Lam (@sopopomo) on

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).

A video posted by Dan Lam (@sopopomo) on

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.

All images are taken from the artist’s website and www.designboom.com 



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