Jason Lim - Singapore with his sculpture

Jason Lim: clay performance in Perth: 22-26 October 2022 (on view til 2 Nov)

Singaporean ceramic artist visits Perth to create a clay installation at WA Museum Boola Bardip. 22-26 October 2022.

Regarded as Singapore’s next master ceramicist, Jason Lim comes to Perth to make the next in a series of long form clay performance works on a grand scale.  His previous series, Under the Shade of a Banyan Tree saw the creative development of enormous temporary works through performances in Singapore, Indonesia, and the USA. 


22-26 OCTOBER 2022 (2 Nov)

Overlooking the Perth skyline, Jason will create a large-scale installation of mysterious forms over five days. The physically demanding work will use 2.5 tonnes of clay with Jason working from 10am to 4 pm daily at the WA Museum.

The performance is a project of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial which continues to link Australian audiences to the cultures, traditions, knowledge, and skills of our regional neighbours.

  • WATCH THE TIME LAPSE VIDEO by Periscope Pictures: https://vimeo.com/766748836
  • DROP IN & OBSERVE: anytime 10am-4pm to watch Jason at work on Level 3, adjacent to the Tianqi Lithium Connections Gallery; 22-26 October.
  • Please note: The artwork will be on display until 5pm, 2 November 2022.
  • TOUR & TALK: Join Jason Lim for a tour of the final installation, followed by a talk at the Library – Friday 28 October 2022, 2-4pm.
  • CLAY PLAY: a free drop-in kids workshop with Robbie Kerr and Katie Anders: Sunday 23 October, 11am–2pm.


When the inside is outside and under is above

Working with clay involves the process of transforming matter into things. I would repetitively make shapes and forms as structures. Decisions are made in the way prayers and mantras are used and everyday gestures are repeated. Clay picks up the emotions and the process of working transforms them.

My ideas may constantly shift during the work process, the identity of what I am making may also change and may create layers of meaning in them. It is more important for me to capture visual tendencies that could influence and stimulate the viewer’s perception and imagination.

As a performance artist working in clay, time and process are important elements in this work. I hope to continue to explore the binary relations that have been consistent in my other works. The relationships between meaning and identity, sensual and cerebral, organic and geometry, weightless and solid, and male and female.


  • Up-close insight into world of sculpting and making; and the journey of a performance artist
  • Physicality of working with ancient earth – clay that has developed over millennia
  • Setting – juxtaposition of Perth skyline and the towering work (situated on Level 3 of Boola Bardip, with large windows overlooking Perth skyline)
  • Indian Ocean Craft Triennial – interim program. Next IOTA is in 2024.