Y A R L i   A L L i S O N

  /   林 雅 莉
  /   Surname - Lam
  /   Born 1988 Ontario, Canada / Raised in Hong Kong
  /   Currently lives and works in London, UK

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My practice seeks ways to cope with the idea of living and its reality of on-going migration experiences as a queer* identified Asian - a pattern of obsessive problem-solving, resonates with the absurd social construct we survive in.

I ask “what ifs” to question ways of living while composing surrealistic worlds. These worlds reference reality, “attempted to make sense but failed", consists of artifacts and archived first-handed experiences those may become performances. Then, imagined skills and tools are created for coping with emotional and physical crisis, referencing psychology and engineering.

With an intuition of play, my language often returns to creating enclose spaces with holes for discovery, seemingly functional objects those are obviously futile (in reality), and strong raw-handcrafting trace emphasizes failure in the making, reflect on the attempt to absurdly solve the desire of longing.


Yarli is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, London-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, video, installation, painting, and sound.

Yarli gradutated in 2017 with a MFA in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK. She is the recipient of the 2015 Slade Sculpture Yitzhak Danziger scholarship. In 2014, Yarli was selected as one of the Canadian artists to be part of the State Hermitage Museum Young Artists Program in St. Petersburg.