Description

Gwenessa Lam explores the intersection between perception, memory and representation. In the series Shadows, she focuses on the everyday experience of space, depicting only the ghostly traces of pieces of furniture and other commonplace objects abstracted from their normal settings. The strangeness of Slit Shadow No. 2 derives not from the trompe-l’oeil representation of the shadow but from the absence of the chair that caught the light. This composition is a reflection on the ephemeral nature of the shadow as a residue of a former presence, a sign of a double or alter ego in a parallel reality. With this mirror effect, the artist attempts to make visible the invisible markers that shape perception. M.-E. B.