In the second of Kim Lim’s Bridge
lithographs, she uses offset black block shapes, each touching the next. Considered alongside its title, it may bring to mind a wooden plank bridge, in disrepair, or make us think of the blocks as a bridge for the eye, taking us from one side of the artwork to the other. In both her sculpture and her prints, Lim placed great importance on the active spaces surrounding her repeated shapes, because that creates ‘the tension between the forms’.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 49 x 74 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.