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Cindy Yan Lam (she/her) is a Canadian visual artist. Her current practice focuses on working with paper as a medium. Born in Hong Kong, she immigrated to Canada with her family as a toddler. She is based in Toronto. 


Lam's creative methods include painting, stitching (by machine and by hand), writing and hand papermaking. Her work explores themes of slowness, the passage of time, of juxtapositions, and of regeneration. Much of her work incorporates methods and materials that are highly tactile and require time in their development. Lam’s practice aims to counter the frenetic pace of our highly digitized age where faster is often deemed better. Many of her mixed media abstract landscapes are influenced by her daily walking practice where she attunes to the many non-human lifeforms we share our planet with.


Lam holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Falmouth University, UK . She was awarded distinction classifications for both her final major project and for her degree. In 2024, she was the recipient of an Explore and Create grant by the Canada Council for the Arts which support her further explorations in hand papermaking. She is currently intensively studying papermaking at the Paperhouse Studio in Toronto. 

When she is not making art you will find her exploring the residential streets, parks, and ravines in her neighborhood with her two beloved Samoyed dogs aka her studio mates. 

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