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 am interested in asking the “what ifs” to question ways of living, and composing surrealistic worlds those “attempted but failed to make sense’” by archiving first-handed experiences and artifacts. In which, imagined coping skills and tools are created, referencing psychology and engineering, for emotional and physical crisis in the composed reality. With an intuition of play, my language often return 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.