Dan Lam

Region: MFA Annual

This body of work explores the space of tension between opposing forces. Inorganic mediums form organic shapes that accept a certain amount of guidance, but have the potential for independent action. Expressing a language of excess, the shapes are both attractive and repulsive: something that was once good has become too much.

I relate many of the textures and colors of the work to elements of the body and its needs, such as skin and food. Creating a humorous interaction of concealing and revealing, I convey the idea of covering up “imperfections,” as we do to ourselves. I embrace an intuitive process that relies on play, experimentation, and a balance between control and flexibility.