About

Land holds stories like a sponge holds water. Or vinegar for that matter. Stories, narratives, and myths permeate the landscape and bubble up in certain places where the membrane between truth and fiction is the thinnest. These are places with a sense of place, where identities are bared and where we are tied to the soil. But is place a construction of the mind longing for belonging? Do we convince ourselves of the importance of a location and the stories tied to it out of a desire to mythologise ourselves and our attachment to the stories of those long gone?

Lim explores the contradictory nature of mythology and place through the constructions of the bucolic, wilderness, and the eerie magical worlds in which we re-narrate our histories, creating connections to the fantastical, cosmological, and microbial. By processes of walking through the landscape and by mining personal and cultural memory, he probes the spectral nature of these stories which return again and again, cutting across and through the timelines of those who hear and repeat them. If there is such a thing as connection to a landscape, how do we hold it and what does it mean to us?


Kenji Lim is a British artist based in London and born in Singapore. He studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (MA - 2017-2019); and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University (BFA - 1999-2002). Recent exhibitions include Neverafter at Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna; and The Flood Machine at The Window Project, Cambridge.
Education:
2017 - 2019    MA sculpture - Royal College of Art, London
1999 - 2002    BFA - Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art , Oxford University

Selected Exhibitions:
07/2020    Small Pleasures - DINA, Sheffield (online)
07/2020    Arts Territory Exchange Sound Library - online
05/2020    Biosphere Consciousness - Conscious Isolation, Instagram
05/2020    Gardens of Earthly Delight, Instagram
04/2020    Isolation - Conscious Isolation, Instagram
01/2020    The Flood Machine - The Window Project, Cambridge
11/2019    Something Written or Recorded - a_space_is_a_space, Instagram
11/2019    Neverafter - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna
10/2019     Re - Southwark Park Galleries, London
06/2019    RCA Degree Show, RCA Kensington, London
03/2019    Dirty Hands and Revelations - Standpoint, London
02/2019    Merzibition - Courtyard Gallery, RCA, London
06/2018    Supercult I & II - Hockney Gallery, RCA, London
01/2017    WIP - RCA Sculpture, London
09/2017    Hanes: tales, stories, legends & myths - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
07/2017    The Forest at the End of the World - Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire
05/2017    Embodied Cartographies - Walcot Chapel, Bath (as part of Fringe Arts Bath)
05/2017    Beasts of the Mabinogion - Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
03/2017    The Words Come From the Land and the Sea Takes Them - Porth Melgan, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire
02/2017    Art + Text - 44AD, Bath
10/2016    RWA164 - Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
10/2016    Art Language Location - Cambridge
10/2016    Wells Art Contemporary 2016 - Bishops Palace, Wells
05/2016    TimeFrame - 94 Walcot st, Bath (as part of Fringe Arts Bath)
03/2016    The Peace of Wild Things - Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire
02/2016    OV Mixed Media - Sir Terry Frost Gallery, Worcester
10/2015    RWA163 - Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
10/2015    Art Language Location - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
06/2015    Beginning Times - The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye (solo)
05/2015    Love and Death @ Walcot Chapel - Walcot Chapel, Bath (as part of Fringe Arts Bath)
10/2014    Art Gemini Prize 2014 Exhibition - Tri-Space Gallery, London
10/2014    East-West Art Award Competition (EWAAC) 2014 Exhibition - La Galleria, London
06/2014    At Home With Strangers - Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
03/2014    New Artist Fair - Candid Arts Galleries, London
10/2013    Vienna Showcase - MOYA, Vienna, Austria
09/2013    Herefordshire Art Week - Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire
09/2013    New Artist Fair - Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
07/2012    ThreeNine and Friends - Bristol
04/2012    Fringe Arts Bath Open Exhibition - The Old Officer's Club, Bath
07/2002    Ruskin Degree Show - Ruskin School, Oxford
03/2002    Becks Futures Student Prize 2002 - ICA, London (and Touring)

Awards, Residencies and Publications:
03/2020    Mustarinda, Finland - Residency including Slow Travel Grant
07/2019    Moonlight Is Sculpture - Publication
07/2018    Merz Barn Residency, Chapel Stile, Cumbria
09-10/2016    Mustarinda, Finland - Residency
10/2016    Wells Art Contemporary 2016 - Shortlisted
10/2015    Art Language Location, ALL2015 award - Winner
10/2014    The State of Art: Landscape & Portrait #1 - Bare Hill Publishing
09/2014    ArtGeminiPrize 2014 - Shortlisted
09/2014    East-West Art Award Competition (EWAAC) 2014 - Finalist
02/2013    BYVM X Burton Snowboards Design competition - Finalist
07/2002    Becks Futures Student Prize for Film and Video 2002 - Shortlisted and placed 3rd