Lot 30 - Hannah Lim - Jewelled Phoenix
Polymer clay, acrylic paint, chalk and colour pencil on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Vanessa Murrell
My practice has been a way for me to explore parts of my cultural identity. As a woman of mixed Singaporean and British heritage, my work explores the relationship between these two cultures, looking to how this has been reflected historically through furniture design, objects and architecture.
I became intrigued by the 18th-century design trend, Chinoiserie. A trend through which elements of Chinese design and culture were recreated and imitated in relation to European aesthetics and tastes. In my own work, I attempt to reclaim and re-imagine this practice in a more conscientious way. My sculptures often draw inspiration from specific cultural styles and processes. Both ornamental and functional designs are blended together in my larger and smaller scale works.
Recently I’ve become interested in Classical Chinese literature focused in particular on enchanted creatures, objects, and mythical storytelling. Taking inspiration from texts including the ‘Classics of Mountains and Seas’ and Pu Songling’s ‘Tales of a Chinese Studio’, my often ornamental yet animistic sculptures and paintings take on a storytelling quality whilst also referencing my own journey of identity searching.
2016 - 2017
Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Central Saint Martins
2017 - 2020
BA Hons Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art - The University of Edinburgh
October 2021 - May 2022., Solo: 2022 - 2023
MFA Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford
Pangolin Artist in Residence show, Pangolin London (upcoming show)
Bestiaries, Wilder Gallery, September
Solo presentation with Alcova Milan
The Tiger’s Eye, Huxley-Parlour, London
Ornamental Mythologies, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh
In the Margins, Commonage Projects, London)
Women’s History Month Commission for Tate Collective
2023 Alcova Miami
Arrival, Duran Marshaal Gallery, Montreal
KIRKI, Hekátē Studios, Tinos, Greece
The Songs of Hecate, Pictorum Gallery, London
Mise En Place, Friends Artspace, Arlington Virginia
Eat Drink, Man Woman, 180 The Strand, London
Red Room, Berntson Bhattacharjee, London
Next, Christie’s, London
RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The pieces created for the auction reflect techniques used in both my sculptural works and paintings. Recently I've been interested in Chinese mythology, particularly Chinese bestiaries. These postcards depict some of my favourite creatures found within the ancient Chinese bestiary 'The Classics of Mountains and Seas'. My interpretation of these creatures has also been influenced by the parallels I've seen between Medieval and Chinese bestiaries.
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