The blue disc printed here by Kim Lim has a natural, organic form, its areas of blue deepening from edge to centre, calling to mind a scientific diagram of a cell, or a geode cut in half. Kim Lim was inspired the natural world throughout her career, filling her sketchbooks with drawings from nature alongside her sculptural and printmaking work. Lim used Intaglio techniques to create the print – etching incised lines onto the printing plate to hold the ink used to make the image.
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Original: Intaglio print on paper 22.5 x 24.1 cm Tate. Purchased 1976 © DACS
Kim Lim (1936–1997) was a Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker. She is best known for her abstract wooden and stone-carved sculptures exploring the relationship between art and nature, and for her printed works on paper. At age seventeen, she travelled to London to pursue an education in fine art. In 1954, she enrolled at St Martin’s School of Fine Art , and two years later she transferred to the Slade where she studied sculpture and print-making. Lim exhibited throughout her career, including being the only female artist exhibited at the Hayward Annual in 1977 and part of the all-female committee at the Second Hayward Annual II in 1978. Her work is part of public collections around the world, including Tate.