Yambe Tam’s Cosmic Garden
In creating ‘Cosmic Garden’, Yambe was particularly influenced by Japanese gardens, which are meticulously crafted according to particular aesthetics and philosophical ideas. These gardens are transitional environments designed to create a space for reflection upon the interconnectedness of life and the passage of time. Echoing the forms and function of the Japanese dry garden, ‘Cosmic Garden’ is a celebration of the formidable power and form of the natural world: from the depths of the oceans to the farthest reaches of outer space.
About the Artist
Tam uses non-traditional materials and techniques as mediums for her work. While studying for her MA in Painting, Tam began a natural and conscious transition from painting to sculpture, as the artist has always tried to express depth and three dimension in her paintings. She considers herself fluid in her medium by exploring multiple methods and perspectives. Tam gravitates towards immersive technologies, by embracing technological developments like VR (Virtual Reality), EEG (electroencephalogram , a recording of brain activity) and spatial audio (a way of creating sound in 360 degrees around a listener). Tam sees these mediums as tools that artists can use to reflect the changing world around them. Even Tam’s paintings are technologically supported as she paints directly from digitally generated objects and scenes that she 3D models.
As an artist, Tam is fascinated by individual experiences of place, space, and sound and what lies beyond the earthly experience and human consciousness. Her practice is guided by questions, and her artwork does not intend to answer these but instead seeks to translate abstract inquiries into physical objects and sensory experiences. Through collaborations with composers, creative technologists, and scientists, she creates contemplative, embodied experiences of speculative futures and invisible realities.
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