Carla Lam

Carla wandered far from home to find herself through painting. Born in Canada and having lived for a decade in New Zealand, a doctorate in political philosophy and a stable job at the University of Otago was the path to a regular painting practice. The disorienting experience of immigration to a far-flung country was the catalyst for discovering a deep, undeniable desire to create beyond the academic context. She’s now back in Canada giving expression to this need to communicate beyond words; honoring the process of change and following where painting may lead. Key carpe diem moments came when she published a book which led to eventually selling her humble abode complete with magic garden, to be closer to kin. Carla is now happily using all her academic might in service of other forms of communication. She favors working in oil, creative mark making, and letting the process inform the subject. Carla loves heavy texture that is luscious to the eye and is particularly interested in the possibilities opened up in large scale work, as well as links between her visual and literary creations. Carla’s paintings explore the world in terms of shape/form, color and concept. The paintings are impressionistic -- often alla prima, with palette knife and whatever else can make the mark. She is inspired by landscapes (both natural and cultural), (the magic of) color, and many artist/teachers including Anneloes Douglas, as well as Gary Curran, Neil Frazer, Jennie de Groot, Cy Twombly, Peter Von Tiesenhousen, and the Impressionists.

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