The works of Ng Ka Lam (Kelly) artworks are a combination of crafts and illustrations. She loves to work with clay, which she thinks is easy to shape but contains a degree of unexpectedness. Kelly used to make artworks under the theme of plants, suggesting lives. She creates connections between living things. And through the communal stories and echoed thoughts between the subjects, her works promote relationships, especially the relationship among human beings. Kelly’s projects are mostly hand-crafted, which she finds easier to adjust the structure of her works. During crafting, the temperature is an important factor. She thinks that is precisely the sign of life. She also uses a smaller space to construct a tight environment between the objects and creates a contrast between the background and foreground by layering objects. By doing so, she presents the linkage between space and living things, which further shows the interactions among lives. Other than sculptural works, Kelly makes illustrations as they are easy to read and can be easily disseminated. Simple lines and colours are used to achieve a clear and comfortable visual effect. She wants to communicate with the audience in a simple and quiet way, giving the impression of a peaceful encounter in life.
The Weird Jobs
By designing in folder format and printing on cards, the jobs are like the learning card for kids. The cards were printed on double-side, while the illustrations are in the front. You need to guess about the job and read the detail information of it at the back. Finding a job is a lucky draw, so let’s have ‘fun’ on it.
A Box of Forest
Opening a gift is a delighting moment. In our life, the nature presents the best gift to us. Succulent plants were used in this work as they appear in our lives more often and they look adorable. It may recall a relax and happy moment of everyday life through the environment.
Copper, plastic sheet and fabric
Silence is the best working environment. While sound transfer through the air, her jewelry series was designed with movable parts. They are boundaries which block the sounds or affect the original sounds. Also, they are showing that silence is not boring but full of variety. It may be a new meaning to silence. By wearing these jewelries, it may calm me down from the noise.
Bloom, Bionergy, Seed
With the love of plants, the works show the relationship between plants and me. In the theme of living with other living things, it shows relationship and influence between lives. The work starts from the plants growing from the outside to the inside of a human. Plants wrap and heal. It may represents a meaning of lives covered the bad things and living together.