I am a multimedia artist working in the mediums of drawing, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. My work concerns itself with the interconnections between sexuality, gender and transgression; history, memory, and cultural myths; and the construction of identity in relationship to subjectivity and othering.
Drawing from slighted and celebrated discourses as varied as science fiction, food histories, anthropology, postcolonial theory and African diasporic studies, my work probes the economic, racial, and gendered structuring of power.
My work addresses repressed histories of imperialism, colonialism, and parallel, contemporary manifestations of dominance. My work locates itself in the gaps, reading between the lines of found archival writings and images to hear what is not said in the silences, the silencing, and the euphemisms of official documents: military records, slave plantation records, diaries, or insane asylum case studies.
I examine images from the past, lingering long on certain marginal gestures or expressions. I re-focus attention on the periphery of historical representations such as New World engravings and paintings, the 17th- 18th century Casta Paintings of New Spain, or the ethnographic photography from the World Fairs to foreground what is in the margins or background.
Artist Bio / CV
Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Lin's work has performed, screened and been exhibited widely, including: the Hammer Museum (LA), Milliken Gallery (Stockholm), Valenzuela Y Klenner Arte Contemporaneo (Bogota), Luckman Gallery at CalState LA, the New York Underground Film Festival, China Art Objects (LA), the Kino Lab at the Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) with solo exhibitions at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery (Provincetown, 2012), Francois Ghebaly Gallery (LA, 2010), Chung King Project (LA, 2009), Lisa Dent Gallery (SF. 2007) and Diego Rivera Gallery (SF, 2004). Lin has been awarded several residencies, grants, and fellowships including the Fine Arts Work Center (2011-2012), Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Residency (2011), Sacatar Foundation Artist Residency (Brazil 2011), Banff Centre Artist Residency (Canada, 2010), the Department of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs CEI grant (2010), the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009), and AIR at CESTA (Czech Republic, 2004). She is a member of the performance group Gawdafful Theatre, co-founder and co-director of the artist space Monte Vista, and has taught at Self-Help Graphics, and Chaffey College. Lin lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Francois Ghebaly Gallery.