Vanessa Lam is a visual artist working with knitted techniques and structural forms. By using unconventional materials in combination with traditional machine knitting techniques, she develops unique three-dimensional structures.
Due to her innovative approach to knitting, each piece begins as an experiment investigating natural reactions between materials and techniques. In this way, her work often reflects or associates with shapes and forms found in nature. We see this with Perspicuum, with its beautiful twisting forms evoking images of flora and natural structures, with a sense of surreal familiarity. The delicate yet structured forms of the pieces creating a dramatic and poetic visual effect.
Some of her previous installations have acted as an aid to improving the emotional wellbeing of individuals in busy public spaces using her art to calm the space. Vanessa challenges the traditional craft of knitting and transforms spaces.
In the increasingly fast-moving environment we live in, we often overlook the everyday nature that surrounds us. This piece attempts to prompt the importance of nature by creating something unknown yet strangely familiar. This unique series of intricate structures investigate organic life forms whilst acting as a refuge for individuals who seek comfort in public spaces.