Kris Lamba was born in London in 1984. He creates large and small-scale sculpture, paintings and edition based collectible design. Eschewing tradition media, he works with a variety of industrial biopolymers which Lamba manipulates whilst still molten, often at extreme temperatures. Using a combination of great force, gravity and a pioneering technique of polymer-stretching, he creates otherworldly forms; shapes that defy convention and echo the spontaneous and often violent moments of interstellar creation.
Aiming to partly remove the element of ‘self’ Lamba adjusts only certain parameters: temperature, quantity, molecular weight and the applied force. Then, using custom designed machinery he pulls apart the molten material, selectively freezing and re-heating where necessary; the resulting shapes seemingly grown rather than made. After a period of consideration, the forms are refined and re-worked over a period of weeks and are either cast in bronze using the traditional ‘lost-wax’ method, or are finished in precious metals, pigment rich paints and composite resin fabrics.
Creating work is an energetic process for Lamba, his pieces becoming expressions of a singularity; ideas forged though intense experimentation, later undergoing gradual stages of refinement and craftsmanship.
Originally a trained classical percussionist Lamba then went on to study contemporary design. His stretched and manipulated sculptures can be seen as a rebellion against the confines of working within tradition; their spontaneous forms defying and reworking traditional artistic practice. His recent series of relief hangings go further to reinforce this point, warping the very space that they occupy.