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.