TOAF Melbourne Q + A: Dawn Lim

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.

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