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Unidentified Terrain


May 27 - June 7, 2021

GAFFA Gallery

Sydney CBD


“The lines I create are inspired by the flow of energy that is found in complete presence, where dialogue between stillness and movement exists as subtle vibration.”

— Angela Tam


Angela Tam’s solo exhibition ‘Unidentified Terrain’ breaks new ground as she explores familiar Chinese ink practices with her persistent journey through spiritual growth. Each piece is a meditation created with intuitive certainty, where black and white space maps the topologies of her subconscious landscape.


Adaptogen, 2021, Ink on canvas, 101.6cm x 76.2cm

Each stroke is a breath into a new dimension, formed precisely through repetition and the mastering of her innate, instinctual play. Intrigued by the tension of shadow and light, each composition unravels a new layer uncovering stories within her past. Angela expresses herself through pure psychic automatism, a technique coined by the Surrealists to describe the performance of the subconscious mind onto paper. Angela Tam’s ‘Unidentified Terrain’ seeks to express the underlying conversations between the physical and spiritual and the empowering rise of the inner child surrendering to the Unknown.

Watching the sea, 2021, Ink on canvas, 76.2cm x 101.6cm


Gallery 3, GAFFA

Left: Midnight Hour I, 2021, Ink and rice paper on canvas, 71.1cm x 137.2cm
Right: Midnight Hour II, 2021, Ink and rice paper on canvas, 71.1cm x 137.2cm


In contemplation, 2021, Ink and rice paper on canvas, 137.2cm x 71.1cm

All artworks are available for purchase from GAFFA Gallery until 7 June.

281 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000

Photos by Karina Illovska


ar–chive would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country on which our studio stands, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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