TAKING CONCEPTUAL INSPIRATION FROM THE MANIFESTO OF ANDRE BRETON, THE ABSTRACT COMPOSITIONS OF DAWN LIM PROJECT THE SUBCONSCIOUS ONTO THE CANVAS.
How would you describe your art?
My work is a mixture of abstraction (because I love creating), landscapes (because of my surroundings), and portraits (because I have drawn them since childhood).
Where did you learn your techniques?
I’m self-taught, although I attended university in 1993, graduating with a Bachelor degree and Honours. I chose to paint abstracts rather than copying what I could see. It was where I discovered the Andre Breton manifesto by chance and began painting with the marks. This opened a genuine dialogue for me; this form of visual communication has led to some very unique compositions, at times bringing my subconscious to the canvas.
What are your go-to materials?
I use acrylics now, but I also love oils and encaustic cold wax.
How does each piece begin?
I usually experiment when I want to start work, making marks and choosing my colours until my imagination takes over – unless I have an idea from the beginning.