Sybil Lamb has worked for over a decade as a self-styled underground documentarian of the rare and beautiful characters of underground and edge culture, the recording angel of a particular milieu.
Her detail obsessed scenes and hyper articulated portraits collect stories and characters from all around North America to document the lives and cultures of nomadic squatter Punks, the many facets of historied yet evolving extremes of trans culture and the modern artists and inventors underground.
Like a dream about what happened just before you fell asleep, Lamb is at once familiar yet somehow more, invoking the viewer on multiple levels with a recognizable yet “otherly” visual semantix. Her detail-obsessed narrative genre scenes told in a high resolution vision of high contrast over saturated color contrast her chaotic, elusive and gritty subject matter. Thusly Lamb uses her studio method to turn unlikely people and settings in to something in between cartoons, diagrams, and graphic design. Upon perusing any number of Lamb’s deeply imaginistic images it becomes evident that there is a highly personalized coded richly woven tapestry mythos of girls demons punks robots spare parts and clues hidden in trash.
You may remember me from…
- Punk rock nightmare road novel I’ve Got A Time Bomb with Topside Press, described by VICE Magazine as “magical…a logic-defying story that deeply moves the reader.”
- Toronto World Pride 2014 90-foot mural “Church St VIP” featuring Toronto’s 50 most important drag queens behind the alley at Church and Wellesley. Sponsored by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Bank of Montreal, the City of Toronto, and Tourism Toronto
- Wild Toronto art shows at Super Wonder Gallery, Gladstone Hotel,and more
- “TransOntario” the landscape-portrait painting series currently featured at Biblioasis in Windsor, ON and Grackle Coffee Shop in Schomburg, ON, funded by the Ontario Arts Council
- Book covers for
- Casey Plett’s Little Fish, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
- Torrey Peters’ The Masker
- Trans Studies Quarterly special issue edited by
- Miscellaneous art gigs for Canadian AIDS Treatment Info Exchange, 2 Broads Cider Brewing, Topside Press, Stacked Deck Press, Heartspark Press, and Canadian Notes and Queries
- Inventing squat mansion hi jinx TERMITE & VINE ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS HOMESTEADER’S COLLECTIVE CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
Selling my original art for dirt cheap in a tent at a craft fair