This piece is part of Kim Lim’s Ladder Series
, 1972 etchings. Throughout the series of five prints, Lim uses line and repetition on the etching plate to create ‘ladder’ shapes, using negative space on the paper. Etching is a printmaking technique that uses chemical action to create incised lines in a metal printing plate, which hold ink to form an image. The physicality of the etching plate itself refers back to sculpture; the process of print-making allows Lim’s vision to transcend mass and push beyond material permanence.
Ladder Series I
Date of work
Original: Etching on paper 39.5 x 39.6 cm Tate. Presented by Waddington Galleries through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © 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.