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Eleen Lin
updated: 03/02/2012
website: www.eleenlin.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Paradise Island
Untitled
Untitled
Voyage
Dragon King and Nezha
Journey to the West
Wusong Fights Tiger
Lady White Snake
The Imperial Son
Theme Park
Urban Circus
Fish Market
The Pond
The Bay
Museum of Unnatural History
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, identity, figurative, memory, narrative, social criticism, surreal, urban, consumer culture, childhood
 
 
Paradise Island by Eleen Lin
Paradise Island
Oil on Canvas
2010
47 " x  71 "  x 2 " 
Untitled by Eleen Lin
Untitled
Ink, Gouache, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper
2011
52 " x  72 " 
Untitled by Eleen Lin
Untitled
Ink, Gouache, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper
2011
52 " x  72 " 
Voyage by Eleen Lin
Voyage
Oil on Canvas
2011
36" x  48"  x 2" 
Dragon King and Nezha by Eleen Lin
Dragon King and Nezha
Oil on Canvas
2010
36 " x  48 "  x 2 " 
Journey to the West by Eleen Lin
Journey to the West
Oil on Linen
2010
50" x  72"  x 2" 
Wusong Fights Tiger by Eleen Lin
Wusong Fights Tiger
Oil on Canvas
2010
22" x  33"  x 2" 
Lady White Snake by Eleen Lin
Lady White Snake
Oil on Canvas
2010
67" x  47"  x 2" 
The Imperial Son by Eleen Lin
The Imperial Son
Oil on Linen
2010
24" x  20"  x 2" 
Theme Park by Eleen Lin
Theme Park
Ink, Watercolor, Gouache and Charcoal on Paper
2009
48" x  36" 
Urban Circus by Eleen Lin
Urban Circus
Ink on Paper
2007
90" x  82" 
Fish Market by Eleen Lin
Fish Market
Oil on Linen
2008
28" x  36"  x 1.5" 
The Pond by Eleen Lin
The Pond
Oil on Linen
2008
20" x  30"  x 2" 
The Bay by Eleen Lin
The Bay
Oil on Linen
2008
16" x  24"  x 1" 
Museum of Unnatural History by Eleen Lin
Museum of Unnatural History
Oil on Canvas
2008
36" x  48"  x 2" 

Artist Statement
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

Education            

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


Solo Exhibition        

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

Group Exhibition        

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

Awards/Honors            

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

Collections            

Yunlin University Art Center, Yunlin, Taiwan

International Baccalaureate Organization, Peterson House, Malthouse Avenue, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Hsinchu Art Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Publication            

2007     ‘Urban Circus’, Media Bus Publication