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Cynthia Lin
updated: 11/11/2013
website: www.cynthialinartist.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89
Middle detail of Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89
Crop1aAsideEyeEA
Crop2aEczmaCL1020830
611croppaul1nail628
blisterbeetledermatitis006
smcr7a squamouscellcarcinoma019
Crop2YCsidemouth41407
Upper detail of Crop2YCsidemouth41407
Crop3Dsnosemouth
TiltCrop4noseJK
Crop5aNBurn721
Crop5NBurn71409
CropB32910W firescar
Crop2aSbikescab82009
 
Portfolio Keywords:  technology, gender/sexuality, figurative, identity, landscape, mapping, meditative, obsessive, portraiture, psychological
 
 
Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89 by Cynthia Lin
Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2009
61 " x  128 " 
Middle detail of Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89 by Cynthia Lin
Middle detail of Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2009
30" x  40" 
Crop1aAsideEyeEA by Cynthia Lin
Crop1aAsideEyeEA
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2011
82 " x  113 " 
Crop2aEczmaCL1020830 by Cynthia Lin
Crop2aEczmaCL1020830
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
80" x  81" 
611croppaul1nail628 by Cynthia Lin
611croppaul1nail628
graphite and charcoal on paper
2012
53.25" x  57.25" 
blisterbeetledermatitis006 by Cynthia Lin
blisterbeetledermatitis006
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
58.25 " x  53.75 " 
smcr7a squamouscellcarcinoma019 by Cynthia Lin
smcr7a squamouscellcarcinoma019
Graphite on paper
2013
51 " x  40.25 " 
Crop2YCsidemouth41407 by Cynthia Lin
Crop2YCsidemouth41407
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2009
83" x  27" 
Upper detail of Crop2YCsidemouth41407 by Cynthia Lin
Upper detail of Crop2YCsidemouth41407
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2009
83" x  27" 
Crop3Dsnosemouth by Cynthia Lin
Crop3Dsnosemouth
Graphite on paper
2009
66" x  71" 
TiltCrop4noseJK by Cynthia Lin
TiltCrop4noseJK
charcoal on paper
2010
41" x  78" 
Crop5aNBurn721 by Cynthia Lin
Crop5aNBurn721
Graphite on paper
2010
31" x  41" 
Crop5NBurn71409 by Cynthia Lin
Crop5NBurn71409
Ink on mylar
2010
39" x  40" 
CropB32910W firescar by Cynthia Lin
CropB32910W firescar
Ink on mylar
2010
50" x  34" 
Crop2aSbikescab82009 by Cynthia Lin
Crop2aSbikescab82009
Graphite and charcoal on paper
2009
22" x  32" 

Artist Statement
This work examines the fragile yet regenerative nature of the human condition through meticulously rendered orifices and scars.  Based on computer scans, these graphite drawings literally and figuratively scrutinize notions of the “factual.” They lead to reconsiderations of privacy, identity, gender, race, beauty, and mortality. Through monumental scale and devotion to the handmade, they viscerally engage conflicting experiences of discomfort and fascination. 

Colossal orifices, pressed against glass, aim to convey a tension between intimacy and vastness that evokes conflicting aspects of modern life.  They are vulnerable to scrutiny yet mysterious, unique yet anonymous, truthfully represented yet easily misread.  Disruptions, both human and technological, newly construct the familiar.  The limits of human stillness are precisely recorded in breath condensation and twitching.  Printing “failures,” such as banding and pixellation, inspire new structural markmaking.  These informational gaps, within a seemingly factual image, open the way for experiencing complexity, enigma, and the subjective. 

References are made to landscape, a similar skin that is subject to both interior and exterior stress.  The scab drawings, in particular, depict adaptations to powerful forces.  They are evidence of survival-- of trauma, resilience, transformation, and re-use. At a time when great injustice is committed against people, cultures, religious beliefs, and the earth itself, this work envisions the heroic-- the human capacity for regeneration and healing.

Artist Bio / CV

Cynthia Lin was born in Taiwan and grew up near Chicago, Illinois.  She currently lives in New York and works in Bushwick/ Queens. A John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 enabled a solo show of drawings at Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York.  This led to monumental drawings of skin and scars exhibited in group shows including Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Garis & Hahn Gallery, DeCordova Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The National Academy of Design, ISE Cultural Foundation, Julie Chae Gallery, and Weatherspoon Art Museum.  Her previous body of work, actual size drawings of dust, was shown at The Drawing Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Adam Baumgold Gallery, Dorsky Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, and Kentler Drawing International.

 

Generous support through residency fellowships include Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at the American Academy in Rome, Ragdale, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and Hall Farm Center for the Arts and Education.