Marc Auge introduced the notion of ‘non-place’ in his essay Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. A non-place is a space with no identity, no history, and no specificity. Due to my nomadic and diversified international background, (I was born in Taiwan, and raised in Thailand, while attending an international school that adopts a mixture of American and British curriculum. I acquired my bachelor’s degree in London, and am currently pursuing my MFA in the USA.) I often find myself inhabiting non-places of generic cities. Consequently, this subject of cultural hybridity has been my main concern, and my paintings are documentation of my disorientated experience of drifting among these different traditions.
Through the lens of a tourist, I utilize stereotypes from different cultures as symbolic representation of one’s identity: referencing from theater, folk art, textile as well as the mundane environment. I frequently juxtapose these depictions to create a quirky atmosphere to indicate the awkward feel of dislocation and detachment. However, it is not about simply illustrating a clear dichotomy between these cultures, but rather highlighting the obscurity of cultural boundaries today.
I integrate void spaces found in Chinese landscape paintings with hyper-detailed objects and gesture to reinforce the ambiguity of non-places along side hybrid cultural signifiers. I want to create fluidity with abrupt disjunction, portraying figures and landscapes that flow smoothly yet incongruously from one to another. The paintings present a subtly disruptive visual experience that is analogous to the conflicting environment of modern Asia.
Although the viewer sees references to my own life and to specific times and places in my paintings, I would also like my works to evoke the qualities of remembrance that we all encounter when we construct who we are (since personal memory is add up by other collective memories). Perhaps those constructions are in fact only ephemeral puppets of the reality of self.
Artist Bio / CV
2006-2008 MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, U.S.A.
2001-2005 BA in Fine Art– Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, England
2003 SOCRATES Exchange Program, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, Austria
2006 Modern Utopia, Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
2005 Hybrid World, Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 Ectoplasm, Srinakarinwirot University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2009 2009 International Tsai-mo Graceful Graffiti Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taiwan
Vivid Wonders of a Startled Mind, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
2008 I-Ling Eleen Lin and Hayv Kahraman, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York
Strange Circus, Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, LA
2008 International Tsai-mo Ecology Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taiwan
Summer Mix, Thierry Goldberg Project, New York
SaLon Spring 2008 Show, SaLon Gallery, London, England
The Taiwanese Art Series Exhibition, Ching Shiun International Auctions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
FORM London Art Fair, Olympia Exhibition Center, London, England
SaLon Winter 2008 Show, SaLon Gallery, London, England
2007 Garden of Eden, Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand
Belief and Contemporary, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Heaven, Earth, Human, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2005 Slade Degree Show 2005, Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
2003 I-Ling Eleen Lin and Tina Natsvlishvili, Gallery 543 m3, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, Austria
2008 Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award, Yale University School of Art
2007 Sanyu Scholarship, Andrea Frank Foundation
2005 Short-listed for the Boundary Figurative Art Prize
2003 Study Abroad Bursary, University College London
Yunlin University Art Center, Yunlin, Taiwan
International Baccalaureate Organization, Peterson House, Malthouse Avenue, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Hsinchu Art Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2007 ‘Urban Circus’, Media Bus Publication